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Escalating violence in the Gaza Strip and Israel threatens devastating harm for children - UNICEF

2014-07-11

Toronto, 11 July 2014 – The escalating violence in Gaza and Israel threatens devastating harm for children on all sides, UNICEF said today, urging restraint to protect all children.

In recent days, children have been reported killed and many more injured. Conflict, airstrikes and rocket attacks are putting all children in the region at risk.  They are exposed to physical harm and mental distress; many of them have already experienced violence and destruction during previous escalations.

UNICEF reiterates the UN Secretary-General's call on parties to exercise maximum restraint, and reminds them of their legal and moral obligation to protect children from harm.

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