Nearly 3 years after the anti-government uprising began in Syria, the bloodshed shows no sign of abating and the number of civilian casualties is rising.
In a stepped-up campaign against the opposition, government forces are dropping so-called barrel bombs on populated areas.
The cylindrical-shaped bombs are one or two meters long.
They spray shrapnel over a wide area and cause serious injuries.
A human rights organization says the death toll from this type of bomb has surpassed 1,500 so far this year.
The anti-government camp claims most of the victims are civilians and accuses the government of atrocities.
A 14-year-old boy sustained serious leg wounds in his house when a barrel bomb exploded in the northwestern city of Idlib. He is receiving treatment in neighboring Turkey.
He is bed-bound with little prospect of being able to walk again.
The boy says the international community has done nothing to deal with the use of this merciless and inhumane weapon.