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UNICEF statement on the reported killing of children in Aleppo

2013-12-16

Attributable to Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa

AMMAN, Jordan, 16 December 2013 – UNICEF is horrified by reports of a bombing raid in Aleppo that may have killed as many as 28 children.

Reports say the attack took place on Sunday 15 December when improvised bombs were dropped from helicopters on parts of Aleppo city, in northern Syria. The reports say between 14 and 28 children were killed.

It is absolutely unacceptable for children to be targeted in this manner, whether through the use of indiscriminate weapons resulting in mass casualties, or by any other means.

UNICEF has repeatedly called upon all parties to uphold their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect all civilians, including children, from the conflict and we strongly reiterate that call again today.

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