UNICEF: Explosive remnants claim the lives of two children in Libya
Explosive remnants of war have claimed the lives of two children and injured another in the cities of Benghazi and Sirte, says the UNICEF's Acting Special Representative in Libya, Lana Wereikat.
"UNICEF received reports that two children were killed and one child was injured due to explosive remnants of war. The children -among them 2 brothers- are 6, 7, and 16 years old. They are from Benghazi and Sirte," a statement by Wereikat on Twitter said.
Wereikat confirmed that during the past year, the UN was able to verify the death or injury of at least 26 children in Libya due to explosive remnants of war, calling on all parties to make every possible effort to remove existing mines and unexploded ordnance and support the affected children and families.
She stressed that every child in Libya, throughout the country, has the right to live in a safe and protected environment.
"UNICEF continues to partner with the Libyan Mine Action Center to raise awareness of the dangers and effects of explosive remnants of war throughout Libya," she concluded.