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Nearly half a million children in Tripoli at immediate risk – Unicef statement

Abdel-Rahman Ghandour, UNICEF Special Representative in Libya, said: “Violence has escalated over the past few days in and around the Libyan capital of Tripoli. Nearly half a million children in Tripoli and tens of thousands more in the western areas are at direct risk due to the intensification of fighting.

“UNICEF calls on all parties to the conflict to protect every child at all times and keep them out of harm’s way in line with International Humanitarian Law.

“UNICEF reminds all parties to refrain from committing grave violations against children, including the recruitment and use of children in fighting.

“UNICEF remains on the ground in Libya during this critical time to provide -with its partners- needed support to children and their families.”

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About Unicef

Unicef is the world’s leading organisation for children, promoting the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

Unicef UK raises funds to protect children in danger, transform their lives and build a safer world for tomorrow’s children. As a registered charity we raise funds through donations from individuals, organisations and companies and we lobby and campaign to keep children safe. Unicef UK also runs programmes in schools, hospitals and with local authorities in the UK. For more information please visit unicef.org.uk

Original article link: https://www.unicef.org.uk/press-releases/children-in-tripoli-at-immediate-risk/

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