Save The Children Announces Number of Palestinian Children Killed in First 17 Days of War

Save the Children said that Israel is killing children 'indiscriminately'. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour, The Palestine Chronicle)

At least 2,000 children have been killed by Israeli airstrikes in the besieged Gaza Strip over the past 17 days, UK-based aid group Save the Children said on Monday.

“Thousands of homes, and dozens of playgrounds, schools, hospitals, churches and mosques have been damaged or destroyed in Gaza,” Save the Children said. 

“At least 4,600 children (have been) injured as reported by the (Gaza) Ministry of Health – some with excruciating burns, lost limbs and other horrific blast injuries.”

It said that Israeli airstrikes are “killing and injuring children indiscriminately.” 

“With the death toll climbing, children are at risk and terrified,” Save the Children’s Jason Lee said in a statement. 

“Children have been killed and injured in every major escalation, not to mention suffering from serious longer-term mental health impacts. They’ve never emerged unscathed.” 

Lee added that a ceasefire must be agreed immediately, insisting that “the only way to truly protect children’s lives is to halt this violence.” 

Save the Children also warned of further humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza, saying that over one million children are “trapped in the middle of the active conflict zone” with no safe route out. 

Many children currently lack access to medication and adequate care after Israel shut off electricity that powered vital healthcare infrastructure, the agency added.

On October 7, Israel launched its latest military aggression on the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip. The number of Palestinians killed and wounded in the Israeli war on Gaza rose to over 5,000 killed, and nearly 18,000 wounded.

On October 9, Israel imposed a “total siege” on the Gaza Strip, blocking the entry of food, water, medicine, fuel, and electricity.

(RT, PC)

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