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

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 form 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.

For further information, please contact:
Tania McBride, UNICEF New York,
Tel + 1-212-824-6949

Najwa Mekki, UNICEF Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa,
Tel + 962-79-573-2745,




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