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Gaza Crisis: Over 420 Children Lose Their Lives Daily in Unrelenting Israeli Attacks

Gaza Crisis: Over 420 Children Lose Their Lives Daily in Unrelenting Israeli Attacks

In a harrowing development, the Gaza Strip remains in turmoil as Israeli attacks persist unabated, causing a devastating toll on innocent lives. According to recent reports, the casualty count in Gaza has surged to 8,525, with a staggering 3,542 of those being children. UNICEF’s Executive Director, Catherine Russell, grimly illustrates that an average of more than 420 children face death or injury every day in Gaza due to Israeli assaults.

The United Nations has urgently convened to address the dire situation in Gaza. During the meeting, Catherine Russell, the head of UNICEF, and Philippe Lazzarini, the Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) in the Middle East, shared alarming insights into the ongoing crisis. According to the UN’s humanitarian office, over 8,300 lives have been lost, with a majority—66%—comprising women and children. Tens of thousands more have been left injured and in dire need of assistance.

Catherine Russell emphasized that this grim tally includes the heart-wrenching loss of more than 3,400 children and the injury of over 6,300 others. Russell emphasized, “These numbers translate to over 420 children either losing their lives or sustaining injuries in Gaza daily—a statistic that should deeply concern us all.”

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Critically, Philippe Lazzarini, the head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, pointed out that this figure surpasses the annual count of child casualties in conflict zones worldwide since 2019. Lazzarini accused Israel of imposing collective punishment on Palestinians and forcibly displacing civilians. He stressed that “an urgent humanitarian ceasefire has become a matter of life and death for millions.”

Lazzarini also underscored the dire conditions in Gaza, where there is no safe haven. He warned that essential supplies such as medicine, food, water, and fuel are rapidly depleting, and the streets are on the brink of a major health crisis as sewage threatens to overflow.

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a press statement from Tel Aviv, defiantly declared that Israel rejects calls for a ceasefire. Netanyahu drew parallels to historical events, stating, “Just as the United States did not entertain a ceasefire following the Pearl Harbor bombing or the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Israel will not agree to halt hostilities with Hamas after the horrific October 7th attacks. The ceasefire plea amounts to an appeal for Israel to capitulate to Hamas, to surrender to terrorism.” Using the biblical adage, “There is a time for peace and a time for war,” Netanyahu affirmed, “It’s war time now.”

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