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NEW YORK, April 15 -- The United Nations (UN) is calling on the Myanmar security forces to refrain from violence against children after at least 51 children were killed since the military coup in February, Sputnik quoted UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric as saying in a press briefing on Wednesday.
"As of April 13, at least 51 children have been killed by the Myanmar security forces and almost 1,000 children have been arbitrarily detained," Dujarric said. "The UN country team continues to call on security forces to refrain from violence and to keep children and young people out of harm's way."
Dujarric noted that reports of ongoing use of force against children, including live ammunition, are of grave concern to the UN.
The Myanmar military overthrew the civilian government and declared a year-long state of emergency on Feb 1 and at least 707 people have been killed since, according to the UN.