Statement attributable to UNICEF

“UNICEF strongly condemns the abduction and killing of three Israeli young people in the West Bank. We join the UN Secretary-General in expressing our deepest sympathy to their families.  

“This latest act of violence is a tragic and terrible reminder of the toll that senseless hatred is taking on both Israeli and Palestinian children. 

“We hope that these events will not fuel further violence. We urge all parties to exercise the utmost restraint, and do everything in their power to protect all children - Palestinian and Israeli - from harm.”


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