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UNICEF on Gaza: Using or attacking school premises is unacceptable

Statement about attack on an UNRWA school in Gaza by Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa

AMMAN, 25 July 2014 – "Yesterday’s attack on Beit Hanoun Elementary Co-Ed A and D School – the third school hit this week – is proof that much more needs to be done to protect innocent children.
 
"Using or attacking school premises where children have taken refuge from the violence is unacceptable under any circumstances.
 
"UNICEF calls on parties to the conflict to respect the sanctity of children and schools.
 
"At least 192 children have been killed in Gaza in 18 days. As the death toll and devastation mount with each passing hour, UNICEF echoes the Secretary-General’s call for an immediate end to the violence."

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