Children in Egypt caught in violent clashes during protests

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Egyptian children are getting caught in the spiralling violence during anti-government protests in downtown Cairo, according to the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF.

UNICEF says two children have been killed, tens have been injured and 69 have been put in detention.

The agency is calling on the Egyptian authorities, security forces and other parties involved in demonstrations and violence to protect children.

Philippe Duamelle, UNICEF representative in Egypt, says the violence against children has to stop.

"What we have seen during the last week actually with the increase of violence on the streets in Cairo, has been a number of children involved in the violence, either victims or exposed to the violence. Two children have been killed, dozens of them have been injured, about 69 of them have been put in detention, so there is definitely a very serious impact of the violence on children and this definitely has to stop."

UNICEF has called for prompt investigations of incidents resulting in the death or injury of children or their detention.

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