A week after the surprise attack by the Hamas group, Israel’s reaction resulted in the deaths of more than 700 Palestinian children. Another 2,450 were injured. The data was reported by the spokesperson for the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) Sara Al Hattab, citing local sources, in an interview with the American television network CNN, this Saturday (14).
“According to the latest reports from health authorities and the local press, at least 2,215 Palestinians were killed, including more than 700 children, and more than 8,714 people were injured, including 2,450 children,” Hattab said.
Also this Saturday, the Israeli army intensified attacks against Gaza, after the deadline imposed by Tel Aviv for the population to leave their homes expired. Despite appeals from the international community about the impossibility of evacuating Palestinian civilians, Israel expanded the offensive from 4 pm local time (10 am Brasília time).
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Before the intensification of Israeli attacks, this Friday (13), Unicef released a note calling for an immediate humanitarian pause to enable safe access to services to save children in the Gaza Strip.
“Children and families in Gaza were practically left without food, water, electricity, medicines and safe access to hospitals, after days of hostilities and cuts to all supply routes”, reports an excerpt from the statement.
Describing the scenario before the intensification of Israeli attacks, the document also highlights that “there is practically no exit from Gaza for the civilian population”, detailing that “houses and critical infrastructure are in ruins” and that schools and hospitals were damaged by Israeli forces . The scenario, according to the entity linked to the United Nations (UN), makes it impossible to provide support to children.
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“When there is conflict in a country, children are always the ones who pay the heaviest price,” said Ricardo Pires, Unicef spokesperson, in an interview with the newspaper Newspaper. “When houses start to be destroyed, they see the trauma of a war that not even an adult would be able to deal with. This for a child defines their development for decades”, she added.
Editing: Geisa Marques