UNICEF appalled by deaths of dozens of children from missile strikes in Syria

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The UN Children's agency – UNICEF is appalled by the reported deaths of at least 70 children in Syria. This, as a result of missile strikes that hit residential areas of Aleppo on Monday 18 and again Friday 22 February.

The UN agency condemns these attacks in the strongest terms, and once again calls on all parties to ensure that civilians – and children especially – are protected, at all times, from the conflict.

According to a statement by UNICEF's Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Maria Calivis, civilians were killed in four separate missile attacks that hit Jabal Badro, Tareeq Al-Bab and Ard Al-Hamra neighbourhoods, in addition to a fourth in Tel Rifa't on the outskirts of Aleppo.

Meanwhile on 21 February, a large bomb attack in the Damascus suburb of Mazra' reportedly killed 60 people including at least 20 children attending class at the Abdullah Ibn Zubair elementary school.

UNICEF says these latest attacks demonstrate the terrible impact of the conflict on civilians and on children in particular, noting that they underline the urgency of bringing an end to a crisis which is now almost two years old and is steadily tearing apart the fabric of society.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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