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UNICEF strongly urges protection of all children during unrest in the Middle East and North Africa

NEWS RELEASE
UNICEF in Emergencies

BRUSSELS/NEW YORK, 26 February 2011 – UNICEF is deeply concerned by reports that children and adolescents have been killed or injured in the escalating violence that is affecting a number of countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

“No child should be exposed to any forms of danger, as this could have a long-lasting effect on their survival or psychological well being,” said Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, from Brussels.

The situation is particularly alarming in Libya where the Security Council has called for international humanitarian assistance and expressed concern at the reported shortage of medical supplies.

UNICEF is ready to provide assistance if needed and urges all those involved to protect children at all costs.

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For more information, please contact:

Tania McBride
UNICEF New York
Tel +1-212-824-6949, tmcbride@unicef.org

Najwa Mekki
NICEF Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa
Tel +962-79-573-2745, nmekki@unicef.org

 

 

 

 

Anthony Lake


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