Statement by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, on children trapped in Aleppo

NEW YORK, 16 December 2016 – “More than 2,700 children have been evacuated from east Aleppo in the past 24 hours, including some who were sick, wounded or without their parents.
 
“However, hundreds of other vulnerable children, including orphans, remain trapped inside that part of the city. We are extremely concerned about their fate. If these children are not evacuated urgently, they could die.   
 
“UNICEF and our partners are on standby with transport and teams to evacuate these children to safety. We implore all parties to the conflict to let us do so safely and immediately.” 
 
For further information, please contact:
Najwa Mekki, UNICEF New York, +1917 209 1804, nmekki@unicef.org
Nicole Lawrence, UNICEF Australia, +61 419 748 624, nlawrence@unicef.org.au