‘Gaza Has Become Graveyard of Children’ – UNICEF

Israeli airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip continue. (Photo: via social media)

According to the latest figures from the Gaza Health Ministry, more than 3,500 children have been killed in the besieged enclave. 

The Gaza Strip has become a graveyard of children, with the number of killed minors in the Palestinian enclave to date exceeding 3,400, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) spokesman James Elder told a news briefing in Geneva.

“Gaza has become a graveyard of children,” he said. 

According to the latest figures from the Gaza Health Ministry, more than 3,400 children have died in the enclave, Elder said. 

He reiterated his call for an immediate ceasefire and the opening of all crossings to allow humanitarian aid to flow uninterrupted. “If we had a ceasefire for 72 hours, this would mean a thousand children would be safe again for this time,” Elder said.

He noted that threats to children’s lives “go beyond the bombs and mortars.” Infant mortality from dehydration is “a growing threat” in the enclave, as Gaza’s water production is 5% of what is needed. This is due to the fact that most desalination plants are idle due to damage or fuel shortages.

Israel has, thus far, killed over 8,500 Palestinians in Gaza, and wounded more than 23,000. Palestinian Ministry of Health reports and international organizations say that the majority of those killed and wounded are women and children.

Despite a massive Israeli military buildup around the Gaza borders and sporadic infiltrations on the outskirts of the besieged Strip, Palestinian Resistance continues to repel Israeli attacks.

To justify its military failure, the Israeli army continues to pound civilian homes throughout the Gaza Strip with new massacres reported everywhere in the besieged enclave.

Gaza has been under a tight Israeli military siege since 2007, following a democratic election in occupied Palestine, the results of which were rejected by Tel Aviv and Washington. 

(The number of children killed by Israel since the beginning of the war has been updated since then to 3,542).


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