Action urgently needed to protect children in Syria, says UNICEF

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The UN's Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called for increased humanitarian access for civilians trapped by the conflict inside Syria.

The agency says their situation is becoming increasingly desperate, and children continue to be cut off from urgently needed assistance.

That includes safe drinking water, shelter, education and psychological support.

UNICEF adds that medical supplies, including vaccines, have been held up at checkpoints, and vital work on repairing water pipelines has been delayed.

Martin Nesirky is the UN Spokesperson:

"One practical example of how unimpeded access could save lives is the forthcoming Child Health Day vaccination campaign, which is intended to protect children inside Syria from vaccine preventable diseases. That campaign has a special focus on the 700,000 children that have not been reached through the most recent immunization campaigns."

Despite the challenges it faces in Syria, UNICEF says that it has been working to deliver critical services to children, including behind opposition lines.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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