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UNICEF Yemen statement on yesterday's killings in Sana'a

SANAA, Yemen, 21 March 2015 - "UNICEF strongly condemns yesterday's attacks on mosques in Sana'a in which at least 13 children were killed and 19 were injured. The attacks claimed the lives of at least 137 people and injured more than 300. 

"UNICEF is very concerned about the increasing numbers of grave child rights violations in the ongoing conflict. Trends in 2014 indicate an increase of 40 per cent in cases of children killed or maimed, a 47 per cent increase in the recruitment of children under the age of 18, and a 100 per cent increase in attacks on schools and hospitals.

"UNICEF renews its appeal to all parties to the conflict to refrain from targeting civilian areas especially schools, hospitals and mosques, to stop the use and recruitment of children, and to ensure that children are protected at all times in accordance with international human rights and humanitarian law."


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For more information, please contact:
Rajat Madhok, UNICEF Yemen, rmadhok@unicef.org  +967712223001
Mohammed Al-Asaadi, UNICEF Yemen, malasaadi@unicef.org, +967 711760002
Christopher Tidey, UNICEF New York, ctidey@unicef.org, +1 212 326 7133
Najwa Mekki, UNICEF New York, nmekki@unicef.org, +1917 209 1804





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