UNICEF horrified by reports of killing of children in Aleppo

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A girl carrying jerrycans of water, walks past a pile of debris on a street in Aleppo, Syria. UNICEF/NYHQ2012-1293/Romenzi

The UN children's agency  – UNICEF is horrified by reports of a bombing raid in Aleppo, Syria that may have killed as many as 28 children.

A statement attributable to the UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Maria Calivis quoted reports as saying 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 said.

The agency has repeatedly called upon on 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, the statement concluded.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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