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Shelling by Syrian Government kills 6 Kindergarten Children near Damascus

Harasta, one of the key rebel-held areas near Damascus, is adjacent to the international road connecting Damascus with central and northern Syria.

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(Representational Image ) In this image made from video and posted online from Validated UGC, a Civil Defense worker carries a child after airstrikes hit Aleppo, Syria, April 28, 2016. VOA

Damascus, November 7, 2016: At least six children were killed on Sunday when shells fired by Syrian government forces slammed into a kindergarten school building in a rebel-held suburb near the capital Damascus, authorities said.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the shells slammed into the kindergarten while the children were reportedly playing in the school yard in the rebel-held suburb of Harasta, Xinhua news agency reported.

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Harasta, one of the key rebel-held areas near Damascus, is adjacent to the international road connecting Damascus with central and northern Syria.

The rebels in Harasta have repeatedly fired sniper shots at passenger buses on the international highway, prompting the government to assign a sub-road for passengers to avoid passing the area. (IANS)

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Future of The World Lies in Hands of Children, Says Actress Priyanka Chopra

"They are the future and we need to help.”

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Actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas, a global Unicef Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights, marked World Refugee Day on Thursday with a special message.

The 36-year-old star pledged her support to children who have been forced to flee their homes. She even shared a video of herself from her meetings with children at refugee camps.

“The truth is quite simple… the future of this world lies in the hands of the children of today. But the harsh reality is that there is an entire generation of innocent children growing up right now without any prospects for thier future… these children are affected by displacement due to serious conflict and emergencies in thier various regions,” Priyanka wrote alongside the video on Instagram.

Actress Priyanka Chopra.

The actress, who has travelled to refugee camps in Jordan, Bangladesh and more recently in Ethiopia, added: “When families are forced to leave their homes due to violence, persecution, natural disasters, they are torn apart and it’s the children that end up suffering the most. The numbers are staggering, yes… but we have to continue to stand for them, in whatever capacity we can as individuals.”

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“They are the future and we need to help.” (IANS)