At least 27 children killed in Idlib attack – UNICEF

6th April 2017

UNICEF Ireland condemns deplorable attack in Syria

DUBLIN/NEW YORK/AMMAN, 6 April 2017 –At least 27 children were confirmed killed in the attack in Idlib, northwest of Syria, UNICEF said today. A further 546 people, among them many children, have been injured. Casualty figures are expected to rise.

“The killing of children in Syria cannot be allowed to continue,” said UNICEF Regional Director, Geert Cappelaere. “All parties to the conflict and those with influence on them must immediately put an end to this horror.”

UNICEF and partners continue to respond to the attack by supporting three mobile clinics and four hospitals to provide first aid and treatment, and nine ambulances to refer and transport patients to hospitals in the area.

UNICEF is also delivering critical medical supplies and working with health partners to raise awareness about medical response to chemical attacks.

UNICEF Ireland’s Executive Director Peter Power said: “I condemn in the strongest possible terms this week’s attack on children. Children did not cause this crisis but they are its chief victims. This week’s events are heart-breaking. The Syrian children I have met during more than six years of conflict all expressed a deep desire for peace. They want a future. We are making a plea to all parties to this conflict – do not take these children’s futures from them.”

ENDS

*Notes to Editors*

To review the response of UNICEF’s Global Executive Director Anthony Lake on Tuesday April 4, click here

UNICEF’s recent publication on the impact of war on children from Syria Hitting Rock Bottom, along with broadcast quality b-roll, videos from children in Syria, and photos is available here

To donate to the children of Syria, please visit our website.

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Photo: Photo above is not from the scene of this week’s attack in Idlib. It is a library shot from Homs, Syria in March 2017 © UNICEF/UN056256/Ebo
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