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Statement by UNICEF on increasing levels of violence in Syria

DAMASCUS, 12 June 2013 - UNICEF is appalled by the rising level of brutality that is increasingly shaping the conflict in Syria, and the devastating impact it is having on the lives of civilians, and children in particular.

Symptomatic of this trend was the widely-reported public execution of a 14-year old boy by armed groups in Aleppo, images of which have been widely circulated by the media and on the internet.

UNICEF condemns such acts and calls on all parties involved in the conflict to abide by international Humanitarian and Human Rights Law and refrain from violations against civilians and children in the context of the ongoing armed conflict.

UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit:

For further information, please contact:
Simon Ingram, UNICEF Regional Office, Tel: +962-79-590-4740,
Alma Hassoun, UNICEF Syria Office, Tel: +963-958-558-899,




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