A human rights group has implored the U.N. Security Council to impose an arms embargo on the Syrian regime "in response to widespread killings and other grave violations against children."
Human Rights Watch also said the council should impose targeted sanctions such as asset freezes and travel bans on the Syrian leadership.
In a statement this week, the rights group said at least 1,176 children have been killed since February 2011, according to the Syria Violations Documentation Center, a network of Syrian activists.
HRW cited a Security Council report from April that included claims that the Syrian regime used children as human shields as well as allegations that rebel forces, such as the rebel Free Syrian Army, had recruited and listed children as fighters.
Free Syrian Army officials could not immediately be reached for comment on the accusation. The Syrian regime, meanwhile, has long blamed violence in the country on "armed terrorist groups."FULL STORY