Children must be protected: UNICEF

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Young girl in Syria (© UNICEF/NYHQ2013-0315/Greco)

"Children must be protected, and those who fail to protect them will be held accountable", the UN children's agency (UNICEF) said in a statement late Wednesday in reaction to reports that chemical weapons were used in the ongoing Syrian conflict resulting in numerous civilians being killed, including children.

UNICEF says "The reports of attacks on civilians, presumably including children, on the outskirts of Damascus are deeply disturbing.

It says "Such horrific acts should be a reminder to all the parties and all who have influence on them that this terrible conflict has gone on far too long and children have suffered more than enough".

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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