TRIPOLI, 31 August 2018 - “Two children were killed in the southern part of Tripoli as a missile struck their house yesterday. This comes to add to the death toll of civilians as fighting escalated in Tripoli in the past three days.
"UNICEF is alarmed that children are among those killed in ongoing fighting in Libya’s capital. It is absolutely unacceptable to expose children to attacks; even children’s homes have become unsafe.
“UNICEF calls on all parties to the conflict in Libya to put an end to violence once and for all and uphold their obligations under international humanitarian law and protect all civilians, including children at all times including during fighting.
After seven years of conflict, the humanitarian situation in Libya continues to deteriorate, with increasing reports of grave protection and human rights violations. In 2018, an estimated 1.1 million people—378,000 of them children—require life-saving humanitarian assistance and protection.
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