Sat 06 Apr 2024 3:58 pm - Jerusalem Time

UNICEF: 600,000 children in Rafah suffer from hunger and fear

James Elder, spokesman for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), said that more than 600,000 children in Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, suffer from hunger and fear, and face the risk of an Israeli attack.

Today, Saturday, UNICEF published on its social media account on the “X” platform a video clip of Elder about the suffering of children trying to survive in Rafah under Israeli attacks after 1.5 million people were displaced there.

Elder recalled that children and families fleeing Israeli attacks were told to go to Rafah and that they would be safe there, stressing that despite this, brutal attacks were carried out against it.

Elder said: "Rafah is a city for children. There are 600,000 boys and girls, but they are threatened by a military attack. They are besieged in Rafah, and they have no safe place to go."

He pointed out that mothers and fathers try every day to give hope to their children despite fear and hunger, and Elder said that the word "hope" is at risk of being deleted from the dictionary in Gaza.

He called on everyone who feels the pain and fear of parents towards their children and everyone who believes in childhood to stop this suffering in Rafah.

According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, the occupation forces kill about 4 children every hour in the Gaza Strip, and 43,349 children live without their parents or one of them, due to the ongoing Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip since the 7th of last October.

He explained that among the 33,000 martyrs, more than 14,350 were children, constituting 44% of the total number of martyrs in the Gaza Strip.


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UNICEF: 600,000 children in Rafah suffer from hunger and fear