A UN investigation has found that Syrian troops have killed hundreds of children and committed other crimes against humanity since the crackdown by Bashar al-Assad's government began in March.
A panel of independent experts said at least 256 children had been killed by government forces as of early November, and that some boys had been sexually abused.
One military defector told researchers that he had witnessing the shooting of a two-year-old girl by an officer who said that he did not want her to grow into a demonstrator.
The panel's report to the UN Human Rights Council said government forces had used excessive force and shot indiscriminately at unarmed protesters while snipers had aimed at the upper body and head of their targets.
The report, released on Monday, said Syrian security forces along with other militias had been given shoot-to-kill orders to crush demonstrations.
taken from http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/28/syria-troops-kill-children-un-report