Syria's children have already borne the brunt of the conflict, with reports of torture, child soldiers and others embarking on "death journeys" to escape the bloody war.

Pictures have now emerged of children still in the war-torn country, working in weapons factories as rebels and government forces wage a bloody war against each other.

A 10-year-old boy, Issa, spends 10 hours a day working with his father in a factory for the Free Syrian Army.

His education, Business Insider reported, has been replaced with on-the-job training.

Other children have been pictured clutching at weapons, some in self defence, amid a conflict that has now claimed more than 100,000 lives.

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Syrian children have been pictured working in weapons factories


Earlier this year a shocking image emerged of a seven-year-old boy puffing on a cigarette, with an AK-47 slung over his shoulders.

The stark shots show Ahmed, the son of a rebel fighter, standing guard in the neighbourhood of Salahadeen, one of Aleppo’s front lines.


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    Issa, 10 years old, measures a mortar shell on a machine in a weapons factory of the Free Syrian Army in Aleppo, September 7, 2013. Issa works with his father in the factory for ten hours every day except on Fridays. REUTERS/Hamid Khatib (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)

  • Children Caught Up In Syrian Conflict

    Issa, 10 years old, measures a mortar shell on a machine in a weapons factory of the Free Syrian Army in Aleppo, September 7, 2013. Issa works with his father in the factory for ten hours every day except on Fridays. REUTERS/Hamid Khatib (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)

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    A Syrian boy holds an AK-47 assault rifle in the majority-Kurdish Sheikh Maqsud district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on April 14, 2013. In northern Syria, the Kurdish population has largely observed a careful compromise with regime and rebel forces, fighting alongside neither, in return for security and semi-autonomy over majority Kurdish areas, but there have been reports in recent weeks of Kurdish fighters joining the battle with Syrian rebels in certain areas, including in Sheikh Maqsud. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)

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    An image grab taken from AFP TV shows a Syrian boy holding a Kalashnikov as he is comforted by a rebel during fighting with government forces at the Crac des Chevaliers near the village of Azzara on the outskirts of the flashpoint city of Homs on June 28, 2012. Protected by the night, Syrian rebels climb on board motorcycles, lights off, on their way to the Crac des Chevaliers, a crusader castle which they are fiercely defending against government forces who continue to attack the area with tanks and artillery. AFP PHOTO/DJILALI BELAID (Photo credit should read DJILALI BELAID/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A Syrian young boy runs holding an old rifle as he helps fighters belonging to the 'Martyrs of Maaret al-Numan' battalion on June 13, 2013 in the northwestern town of Maaret al-Numan in the Idlib province. At least 93,000 people, including over 6,500 children, have been killed in Syria's civil war, the United Nations said on June 13, 2013, warning that the true death toll could be far higher. AFP PHOTO DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Children Caught Up In Syrian Conflict

    A Syrian young boy walks holding an old rifle as he helps fighters belonging to the 'Martyrs of Maaret al-Numan' battalion on June 13, 2013 in the northwestern town of Maaret al-Numan in the Idlib province. At least 93,000 people, including over 6,500 children, have been killed in Syria's civil war, the United Nations said on June 13, 2013, warning that the true death toll could be far higher. AFP PHOTO DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Children Caught Up In Syrian Conflict

    A Syrian boy holds an AK-47 assault rifle in the majority-Kurdish Sheikh Maqsud district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on April 14, 2013. In northern Syria, the Kurdish population has largely observed a careful compromise with regime and rebel forces, fighting alongside neither, in return for security and semi-autonomy over majority Kurdish areas, but there have been reports in recent weeks of Kurdish fighters joining the battle with Syrian rebels in certain areas, including in Sheikh Maqsud. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)

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    TO GO WITH AFP STROY BY ANOTNIO PAMPLIEGA A Syrian youth holds an AK-47 assault rifles as he takes part in a military training on January 23, 2013 at a former school turned into a 'military academy' in Tlaleen in the northern Syria's Aleppo province. Bored at home and eager to join their older brothers and fathers on the frontline against President Bashar al-Assad's army, Syrian teenagers are joining the rebel cause, oblivious to international laws prohibiting child combattants. AFP PHOTO/JM LOPEZ (Photo credit should read JM LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Sawoushka Ahmed, a Kurdish female fighter stands with a gun in the majority-Kurdish Sheikh Maqsud district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on April 14, 2013. In northern Syria, the Kurdish population has largely observed a careful compromise with regime and rebel forces, fighting alongside neither, in return for security and semi-autonomy over majority Kurdish areas, but there have been reports in recent weeks of Kurdish fighters joining the battle with Syrian rebels in certain areas, including in Sheikh Maqsud. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)

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    6-months old Maher, laughs as the child is placed to pose with a machine gun placed by supporters of the Free Syrian Army, inside a house near Idlib, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 23., 2012. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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    Seven-year-old Ahmed, the son of a Syrian rebel fighter puffs on a cigarette while cradling an AK-47