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Statement by Mr. Philippe Duamelle, UNICEF Representative in Egypt, on protection of children

CAIRO, 30 July 2013 – “UNICEF is deeply concerned by reports that children have been killed or injured during violent confrontations in Egypt over recent days.

“Disturbing images of children taken during street protests indicate that, on some occasions, children have been deliberately used and put at risk as potential witnesses to or victims of violence.

“Such actions can have a long-lasting and devastating physical and psychological impact on children. We call on all Egyptians and political groups not to exploit children for political ends, and to protect them from any potential harm.”

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