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Statement by Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative in Syria, on double bombing in Homs

DAMASCUS, 1 October 2014 – “Today’s double vehicle-borne bombing close to Akrama Al Makhzomi Elementary School in the Akrama neighbourhood of Homs city was a despicable act against innocent children.
“At least 17 people were killed and more than 40 were injured. Many of the casualties were children who were leaving the school after classes.
“Children in Syria continue to bear the brunt of a brutal conflict that has inflicted terrible suffering upon them and their families for more than three and a half years. Renewed efforts are needed to end the senseless cycle of violence.
“All parties to the conflict have an obligation to protect civilians and respect the sanctity of schools as safe havens where children’s right to education can be fulfilled.”


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For more information:
Kumar Tiku, UNICEF Syria,  +963 934202330, ktiku@unicef.org
Razan Rashidi, UNICEF Syria,  +963 93 354 9020, rrashidi@unicef.org
Juliette Touma, UNICEF Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa, +962-79-867-4628, jtouma@unicef.org
Najwa Mekki, UNICEF New York, +1917 209 1804, nmekki@unicef.org





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