‘Immediate cessation of hostilities is in the best interest of every child’ – UNICEF makes statement

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UNICEF has made a statement on October 7 over the ongoing military operations in Nagorno Karabakh.

The statement says:

“It is now 10 days since violence escalated dramatically in the Nagorno Karabakh conflict zone.  There are already reports of four children killed and seven injured, and without an end to the fighting, these figures will tragically increase.

The fighting is destroying homes, and damaging schools and other essential infrastructure.  We urge all parties to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure from further harm, in line with international and humanitarian law.

An immediate cessation of hostilities is in the best interest of every child”.

On September 27, 2020, Azerbaijan launched a large-scale attack against the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh), targeting also the civilian settlements, including the capital Stepanakert and the city of Shushi. In addition, the Azerbaijani armed forces have also targeted Armenia’s military and civilian infrastructures.

21 civilians in Artsakh and Armenia were killed, 80 were wounded as a result of the Azerbaijani aggression.

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