UNICEF: At least 20 children killed in Misrata so far

April 19, 2011 15:08

GENEVA - At least 20 children have been killed in weeks of fighting in the besieged western Libyan town of Misrata, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday.

"Fifty days into the fighting in Misrata, the full picture of the toll on children is emerging -- far worse than we had feared and certain to get worse unless there is a ceasefire," UNICEF spokeswoman Marixie Mercado said.

"We have at least 20 verified child deaths and many more injuries due to shrapnel from mortars and tanks and bullet wounds," she told a news briefing in Geneva.

The youngest victim was nine months old and most of the children killed in the past two weeks were younger than 10 years old, she said, citing information from doctors in Misrata.

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