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Statement on Syria by UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Maria Calivis

NEWS RELEASE

AMMAN, 26 February 2013 – UNICEF is appalled by the reported deaths of at least 70 children as a result of missile strikes that hit residential areas of Aleppo on 18 and 22 February.

Civilians were killed in four separate missile attacks that hit Jabal Badro, Tareeq Al-Bab and Ard Al-Hamra neighbourhoods, in addition to a fourth in Tel Rifa't on the outskirts of Aleppo.

Meanwhile on 21 February a large bomb attack in the Damascus suburb of Mazra' reportedly killed 60 people including at least 20 children attending class at the Abdullah Ibn Zubair School elementary school.

These latest attacks demonstrate the terrible impact of the conflict on civilians and on children in particular. They underline the urgency of bringing an end to a crisis which is now almost two years old and is steadily tearing apart the fabric of society.

UNICEF condemns these attacks in the strongest terms, and once again calls on all parties to ensure that civilians – and children especially – are protected, at all times, from the conflict.


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For further information, please contact:

Indra Kumari Nadchatram,
UNICEF Media, Malaysia
(+6.03) 2095 9157
+6012 292 6872
inadchatram@unicef.org

Sasha Surandran,
UNICEF Media, Malaysia
(+6.03) 2095 9154 ext. 2236
+6012 658 5160
ssurandran@unicef.org

 

 
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