UNICEF is concerned about violence in Idlib, where 59 children have been reported killed in recent weeks [Chris McGrath/Getty Images]

Last year was the deadliest yet for children in Syria, the United Nations has said, issuing a dire warning as the devastating war is about to enter its ninth year.

UNICEF, the world body’s children’s agency, said in a statement on Monday it had been able to verify 1,106 child deaths from fighting in 2018 – the highest annual toll since the conflict broke out in 2011.

It warned, however, that the true figure was likely to be even

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