Thirteen students at United Nations schools have been killed by Israeli occupation forces in the Gaza Strip since March, according to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees.
The UNRWA statement, released yesterday, reveals that the fatal shooting by Israeli snipers of a Palestinian child on September 28 brought to 13 the total number of UNRWA students who have been killed since March 30, in the context of the “Great March of Return” protests.
Israeli snipers have killed 13 students at UN schools in the occupied Gaza Strip, in the context of #GreatReturnMarch protests since March 30.
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The statement added:
“Many other children enrolled in UNRWA schools have been wounded in the demonstrations.”
The statement further noted that between March 31 and September 30, UNRWA’s 22 health centers across the occupied Gaza Strip “have provided 4,104 consultations for injuries sustained in the protests, more than 770 of which related to children”.
Some 86 percent of these have been gunshot injuries, “often resulting in serious bodily harm”.
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) — The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) deplored, on Sunday, the rise in fatalities among refugee students killed in the Israeli army crackdown on "The Great March of Return" protests along the Gaza border with Israel and the pic.twitter.com/QJdydHcQ5Q
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“Wounds can be dressed. But for casualties of such violence and all involved in their care, the effects are lasting; rehabilitation is often long, costly and uncertain.”
The statement continued:
“UNRWA deplores the loss of life and the devastating impact that the deaths and injuries have on individuals and families. Every effort must be made to protect more effectively those who are exposed to this tragic situation.”
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The UN agency further stressed that “in recent months, the deepening humanitarian crisis has further ravaged the Gaza Strip and stretched an already fragile health system to breaking point.”
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