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UNICEF concerned by child deaths in Kandahar

UNICEF concerned by child deaths in Kandahar

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Mar 13, 2012 - 18:20

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday said it was deeply saddened and concerned by the recent killing of innocent civilians in southern Kandahar province.

Reports say the dead included children who were killed in their homes in the middle of the night by a US soldier.

“This tragic event reminds us that families and children continue to suffer unfathomable losses due to the ongoing conflict in Afghanistaninfo-icon,” said UNICEF Afghanistan Representative, Peter Crowley.

“It is now more urgent than ever that all parties to the conflict do everything in their power to protect the lives and the rights of children. This needs to be a top priority,” he said.

Last year alone, a UNICEF statement said, 1,282 children were killed or seriously injured due to the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan.

UNICEF called on all parties to the conflict to ensure that children, womeninfo-icon and other civilians were protected at all times and in accordance with international humanitarian law.

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