168 palestinske barn er drept på Gazastripen

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    Barn og familier ankommer en FN-skole i Rafah, etter å ha flyktet fra hjemmet. Foto: UNICEF / Eyad El Baba

168 palestinske barn er drept og minst 1100 skadd på Gazastripen siden operasjon protective edge startet.

As of 23 July, at least 168 Palestinian children were reported killed as a result of airstrikes and shelling in Gaza - an average of ten a day. The youngest one was 4 months old; 70 per cent of the children killed were 12 year old or less. Children make up for 32% of the civilian casualties.

At least 1,100 Palestinian children were reportedly injured in Gaza; at least 6 Israeli children were reportedly injured in Israel.

Since the onset of hostilities, 85 schools (48 UNRWA schools and 37 public schools) were damaged due to Israeli airstrikes or shelling on targets nearby. Two UNRWA schools in Gaza were used by Palestinian armed groups for storing rockets, in disregard for the neutrality of schools. In southern Israel, one Israeli school was damaged by rocket fire from Gaza.

Over 117,000 people, half of them children, are now seeking shelter in UNRWA schools across Gaza, and several thousands more in public schools.

Since the onset of the hostilities, five UNICEF-suported emergency psychosocial support teams operated by partner PCDCR have provided initial psychosocial support to 1,089 children across Gaza. All children visited showed signs of extreme anxiety, fear and sense of insecurity.

Text messages are sent to 10,000 subscribers of Jawwal mobile phones in Gaza daily, providing advice to parents and a phone number they can call for free, for further advice and support.

Radio spots are airing on radio stations daily to alert up to one million people in Gaza on the dangers posed by unexploded ordinances that may be left in the rubble of flattened buildings. Thousands of explosive remnant of war are left in civilian areas affected by the conflict, causing a threat for children, especially boys who are always the first victims of these dangerous items.

 

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