UNICEF on Syria: "Absolutely nothing justifies attacks on children”

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In late January 2016, torn dolls lie amid the wreckage of a house destroyed by shelling, in a town affected by the Syrian conflict. © UNICEF/UNI122709/Romenzi

Statement attributable to Hanaa Singer, UNICEF representative in Syria, on the killings of children in northern Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria, 20 July 2016 – “This week in Syria, more than 20 children were reportedly killed in air strikes in Manbij and a 12-year-old boy was brutally murdered on-camera in Aleppo.

“Such horrific incidents confront parties to this conflict with their shared responsibility to respect international humanitarian laws that protect children in war.

“According to UN partners on the ground, families in the village of al-Tukhar near Manbij, 80 kilometres to the east of Aleppo, were preparing to flee the village when the air strikes hit.

“UNICEF estimates that 35,000 children are trapped in and around Manbij with nowhere safe to go. In the past six weeks, and as violence has intensified, over 2,300 people were reportedly killed in the area, among them dozens of children.

“We deplore all forms of violence and urge all parties to the conflict in Syria to make every effort to avoid the loss of civilian lives.

“No matter where they are in Syria or under whose control they live – absolutely nothing justifies attacks on children.

“All forms of violence against children must immediately come to an end.”


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For more information, please contact:
Kieran Dwyer, UNICEF Damascus, +963992 89 28 47,
Farah Dakhlallah, UNICEF Amman, +962797609270,