An international human rights organisation has accused the United Nations of failing to protect children in its offices.
The International Rescue Committee said on Tuesday that it was outraged by the death of a six-year-old girl at the HRT office in Abu Dhabi.
The group said the child, who was identified only by her initials, was killed as she was leaving the HRW office in the early hours of Friday morning.
The girl was shot in the head while trying to escape the building, which was locked and secured by security forces, it said in a statement.
“The child was shot while fleeing the building by security personnel who mistook her for a suicide bomber,” said the HRF, which represents more than 200 million people across the globe.
“This is a horrifying case of an unprovoked murder and the UN must urgently provide safe space for the children in HRB’s care.”
The HRB said the death came days after another child, a seven-year old boy, was also shot in Abu Dubai.
The HRW said in the statement that the “shocking incident” occurred at around 5:00am on Friday.
“Security forces responded to an unruly crowd that was blocking a road leading to the HR office in an attempt to stop the protesters from attacking the office,” it said.
“Several shots were fired and the six- and seven- year old victims fell to the ground.”
The group also said the girl’s mother told it she had been threatened with a knife and that she had asked security to arrest the protesters.
The two incidents come amid a spate of protests over the killing of two Palestinian teenagers in the UAE in July.