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Mon 12 Feb 2024 8:51 am - Jerusalem Time

UNICEF wonders: How many children in Gaza will die before the nightmare ends?

The Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Catherine Russell, asked on Sunday: "How many children in the Gaza Strip will die before the nightmare ends?"


Russell's words came as she commented on the killing of the six-year-old girl, Hind Rajab, in Gaza City, located in the northern Gaza Strip.


UNICEF has confirmed, on more than one occasion, what it previously announced last November that the ongoing Israeli aggression against Gaza since October 7 is a “war on children.”


Russell wrote, in a blog post published on the UNICEF account, via the “X” platform, that there was “tragic news that the body of the little girl was found with her relatives and the two rescue workers who tried to return her safely to her mother.”


Yesterday, Saturday, the spokeswoman for the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, Nibal Farsakh, told Anadolu Agency: “Sources from the family informed us that they found the child Hind murdered inside a vehicle containing six bodies of her family members, including the child Layan, while several bodies were decomposing,” after 12 days have passed since everyone was lost.


In a related statement, the association announced that its ambulance, “which went out to rescue the child Hind 12 days ago, was found bombed in the Tal al-Hawa area (west of Gaza City) with the crew inside it killed.”


It is noteworthy that during the past two weeks, Israeli forces made a significant re-incursion into several areas of the Gaza Governorate in the north, and this coincided with the implementation of military operations and intense air and artillery bombardment, while ordering the evacuation of a number of residential neighborhoods.


Yesterday morning, Saturday, it withdrew from several areas west of Gaza City (in the Gaza Governorate), which allowed the fate of the child Hind and her family to be revealed, as well as the Palestinian Red Crescent paramedics Youssef Zeno and Ahmed Al-Madhoun, who had gone to rescue the little girl.


Today, Sunday, the government media office in Gaza published new statistics for the genocidal war waged by the Israeli occupation on the Strip since October 7, indicating 28,176 killed who arrived in hospitals, including 12,300 children and 8,400 women martyrs.


The people displaced from Gaza to Rafah must be protected

In another post she published on the “X” platform, Russell called for the protection of about 1.3 million Palestinians in Rafah, located in the far south of the Gaza Strip. She added that this border city with Egypt has turned into "one of the most densely populated places on Earth" amid the ongoing Israeli war on the Gaza Strip.


The Executive Director of UNICEF explained that “Rafah is full of children and families,” noting that “among them are those who have been displaced several times due to the war on Gaza.”


While Russell stressed that “1.3 million civilians have been pushed into a corner and are living on the streets or in shelters,” she stressed that “they must be protected.” She added that they do not have "a safe place to go."

It is noteworthy that since the first days of the war on the Gaza Strip, more than one official at the United Nations or in humanitarian and human rights organizations stated that “there is no safe place in Gaza,” as no area was spared from the bombing by the Israeli occupation forces, whether by air strikes, tank shells, or bullets. Sniping.

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