16-year-old boy among five Hezbollah fighters killed in Syria
:: The recruitment of children to battle in the Syrian war has seen a sharp rise in recent years, whether carried out by ISIS or by Hezbollah militias.
According to the Lebanese websites on Sunday, five young men were killed in the battles in Syria, the youngest being a 16-year-old boy.
Mahdi Hassan Abu Hamdan died in the Badia battles against opposition factions.
Social media pages circulated his photo with a voice recording of him. Mehdi’s father, a Hezbollah member, also appeared in a video during the funeral of his son.
UNICEF has warned against the recruitment of children in war, while the International Criminal Court has defined child recruitment as a war crime.