Violence against children in armed conflicts reached "extreme levels" in 2023, particularly in Gaza and Sudan, according to a forthcoming U.N. report AFP obtained on Tuesday.

The United Nations' annual "Children in Armed conflict" report placed the Sudanese army, as well as the rival Rapid Support Forces (RSF), on the blacklist for "the killing and maiming of children, and for attacks on schools and hospitals."

Hamas and the armed wing of Palestinian Islamic Jihad were also added to the blacklist for the Oct. 7 attack on Israel, as well as the Israeli army for its retaliatory campaign against Hamas in Gaza.