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

AMMAN, 18 January 2013 – “A series of reports from Syria this week underlines the terrible price children are paying as long as conflict in the country rages.

“Media reports today from the scene of mass killings in the village of Hasawiya outside Homs said whole families were among the dead in horrific circumstances.

“Earlier, Palestinian women and children – from the large Palestinian refugee population in Syria –
were reported to be among the killed and wounded from armed engagements in southern Rif Damascus.

“And earlier this week, two explosions targeting Aleppo University were reported to have killed more than 80 people, including many students.

“UNICEF condemns these latest incidents in the strongest terms, and once again calls on all parties to ensure civilians – and children especially – are spared the effects of the conflict.”


For more information, please contact:
Simon Ingram, UNICEF Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa,
Tel + 962 79 590 4740

Peter Smerdon, New York,
Tel + 1 212 303 7984 / Mobile: + 1 917 213 5188,




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