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Continued Israeli Attacks Bring Unending Suffering to Children in Gaza | Israel


Continued Israeli Attacks Bring Unending Suffering to Children in Gaza | Israel

The government’s media office reports that over 6,600 Palestinian children have lost their lives due to Israeli forces in Gaza since October 7, with thousands more feared missing under the debris amid continuous airstrikes. Catherine Russell, the executive director of the United Nations Children’s Fund, warns that Gaza has become “the most dangerous place in the world to be a child” as the conflict resumes. She emphasizes the urgent need to prevent a return to the intense violence witnessed before the recent seven-day pause in fighting, stating that hundreds of children could die daily if such violence resumes. About 50% of Gaza’s population, totaling 2.3 million people, are below the age of 18, with many experiencing multiple traumatic events due to recurrent Israeli assaults. A study conducted before the October 7 war found that 13% of children and minors aged five to 17 in Gaza suffer from anxiety, and an estimated 52,450 children may experience stress in 2023. The Defence for Children International-Palestine reported in early November that Israeli forces killed twice as many Palestinian children in Gaza in October as the total number killed in the West Bank and Gaza combined since 1967. The Ministry of Health states that over 15,500 people have lost their lives in more than eight weeks of combat and heavy bombardment in the besieged Palestinian territory.


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