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UNICEF Briefing Note

[الخبر بالعربية]

Humanitarian Operation, Old City Homs

14 February 2014

Eighteen children aged between 15 and 18 who were taken to the Al Andalus Shelter have now been released. Another 14 children remain there.

UNICEF has access to the shelter and is following the cases of all these children.

We have been able to provide the children there with some clothing, and we installed prefabricated sanitation facilities at the school.

The priority of UNICEF and our protection partners has been to attend to the children’s needs and give them space to recover.

Some of the children have spoken of the deplorable conditions they faced living inside the Old City of Homs.

UNICEF is advocating for the expedited release of all remaining children.

Together with other agencies, UNICEF will maintain active humanitarian relief operations and protection to the evacuees in Al Wae’r and other parts of Homs. It is unclear how many children remain in the Old City.

There are about 40 other besieged communities across Syria in which around 250,000 people — including a significant number of children — are trapped.
For further information and interview requests, please contact:
Kumar Tiku, UNICEF Syria, ktiku@unicef.org Mob: +963 934202330
Razan Rashidi, UNICEF Syria, rrashidi@unicef.org, Mob: +963 93 354 9020
Juliette Touma, UNICEF Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa, jtouma@unicef.org, Mob: +962 79 867 4628

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