The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and Doctors Without Borders (MSF) condemned the multiple drone missile attack on 15 June that killed one child and injured more children in Yazidi homeland Sinjar (Shengal), Iraq.
Medics with the MSF at the Sinuni General Hospital, who received seven seriously injured patients including an 11-year-old, reported that the child could not be saved, and said.
“We condemn any use of violence in densely populated areas and urge all parties to respect the lives of civilians at all times,” MSF said.
UNICEF said it was “shocked” at the killing of a child in the attack, and urged all parties to “to protect children at all times and without delay”. All children in Iraq deserve to live their lives without the constant threat of violence, it said.
“UNICEF appeals to all parties to ensure the safety and well-being of children and youth, and calls for the upholding of children’s international right to protection and to live in an environment that is free from violence at all times,” it concluded.