Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore on the situation in Gaza

16 May 2021
Three girls peeking outside a gate at one of 29 UNRWA schools used as temporary shelter. Dozens of families in the Gaza Strip have had to flee their homes in fear amid heavy bombardment.
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Three girls peeking outside a gate at one of 29 UNRWA schools used as temporary shelter. Dozens of families in the Gaza Strip have had to flee their homes in fear amid heavy bombardment.

NEW YORK, 16 MAY 2021 – “As the latest serious escalation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict hits one week, and as the Security Council meets today to discuss the latest development on the ground, I renew my call for an immediate end to the violence.

“Over the past week, at least 55 children in the State of Palestine and 2 children in Israel have been killed.

“Fear and destruction are mounting on both sides.

“In Gaza, schools have been destroyed, homes and offices have been flattened, and entire families have been displaced.

“In Israel, schools, homes and buildings have also been damaged.

“Violence, killing and hatred must stop. International human rights and humanitarian law must be upheld. Civilians and civilian infrastructure must be protected.

“The only solution is a diplomatic solution – for the sake of all children and their future.”

For further information, please contact:

  • Louis Vigneault-Dubois, UNICEF Viet Nam +84-24-38500241; +84-966539673; email : lvigneault@unicef.org
  • Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong, UNICEF Viet Nam, 84-24-38500225; +84-904154678; email: ntthuong@unicef.org

Media contacts

Mr Louis Vigneault-Dubois
Chief of Communication and Advocacy
UNICEF Viet Nam
Tel: +84 (024) 3850 0100
Tel: +84 (0)96 6539 673
Ms Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong
Advocacy and Communications Specialist
UNICEF Viet Nam
Tel: +84 (024) 38500225
Tel: +84 (0)904154678

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