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UNICEF Urges Child-Free Protest Sites In Thailand
In a statement released Monday, the UNICEF urged the government, pro and anti-government protest leaders and parents to keep children away from all protest areas after three children were killed and two others seriously injured near protest sites in Bangkok and Trat province in the Thai East last week.
A four-year-old boy and his six-year-old sister were killed in a grenade attack near the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protest site at Ratchaprasong Intersection in Bangkok, while another five-year-old girl was killed after gunmen opened fire on a PDRC protest rally in Trat province.
The Ministry of Public Health said both the incidents also left two other children seriously injured. A five-year-old girl remains in coma at a hospital in eastern Rayong province and a nine-year-old boy is in intensive care unit at Ramathibodi Hospital in Bangkok.
UNICEF representative for Thailand, Bijaya Rajbhandari said that all protest sites should be made child-free areas and urged authorities to bring those responsible for the attacks to justice.
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