The number of children killed in world conflict is higher than in Gaza

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“This war is a war on children.
It is a war on their childhood and their future,” said UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini, who described as “staggering” the latest Gaza health authority data indicating that at least 12,300 youngsters have died in the enclave in the last four months, compared with 12,193 globally between 2019 and 2022.
Tweet URL UNLazzariniCeasefire callWriting on X, formerly Twitter, late on Tuesday, the UNRWA chief reiterated repeated international calls for an immediate ceasefire in the enclave, where intense Israeli bombardment in response to Hamas-led terror attacks in Israel on 7 October has levelled entire neighbourhoods.
To date, more than 31,184 Palestinians have been killed and 72,889 injured, according to the local health authorities.
As of 12 March, 247 Israeli soldiers have been killed in Gaza with 1,475 injured since the start of the ground operation, Israeli army data shows.
UNRWA staff killed and injuredOn Wednesday the agency reported that at least one staffer had been killed and another 22 injured when Israeli Forces hit a food distribution centre in the eastern part of Rafah in the far south of the Strip.
“Today’s attack on one of the very few remaining UNRWA distribution centres in the Gaza Strip comes as food supplies are running out, hunger is widespread and, in some areas, turning into famine”, Mr. Lazzarini said.
“Every day, we share the coordinates of all our facilities across the Gaza Strip with parties to the conflict.
The Israeli army received the coordinates including of this facility yesterday,” said the UNRWA chiefSince the war began five months ago, UNRWA has recorded an unprecedented number of violations against its staff and facilities.
At least 165 UNRWA team members have been killed including while in the line of duty, with more than 150 facilities hit, among them many schools.
Children most vulnerableThe development came as UN humanitarians repeated dire warnings about the catastrophic situation in Gaza, where one in four is close to famine – at least 576,000 people.
Some 25 individuals have now died from severe acute malnutrition and dehydration in northern Gaza according to UN aid coordination office, OCHA, 21 of them reportedly children.
Youngsters are among those least able to cope with hunger and disease, the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, has warned, with one million youngsters already uprooted from their homes by the war and some 17,000 unaccompanied or separated children – one per cent of the 1.7 million Gazans displaced.
Some relief for north GazaUN-partnered efforts to help alleviate the desperate situation amid ongoing fighting and Israeli bombardment included a World Food Programme (WFP) aid convoy to Gaza City on Tuesday – the agency’s first successful mission to the north since 20 February.
“With people in northern Gaza on the brink of famine, we need daily deliveries to the north, as well as direct entry points,” WFP said in the latest UN update on the crisis.
Tweet URL UN_News_CentreLast week, 19 UN-partners reached a daily average of 200,000 people in Gaza with food assistance, including food parcels and hot meals, reported UN aid office, OCHA.
“More than two-thirds of this number were in Rafah, with the rest in Deir al Balah, Khan Younis and other areas.”Hospital aidMeanwhile, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and partners reached two more hospitals in northern Gaza on Monday – Al Shifa and Al Helou – in addition to others reached at the weekend: Al-Ahil Arab Hospital and Al-Sahaba Hospital.
Food and 24,000 litres of fuel was delivered to Al Shifa, along with medical supplies for 42,000 patients, including medicines, anaesthetic drugs and surgical materials.
In a social media post on X, formerly Twitter, WHO’s Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that Al Shifa was only minimally functional and urgently needed specialized health workers.
Needs remain dire at Al Helou hospital, Tedros added, with services limited across all departments, along with shortages of fuel, food, surgical equipment and medical staff.

It is a war on children, this war. “It is a war on their childhood and their future,” declared UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini. He called the most recent data from the Gaza health authority, which shows that at least 12,300 children have died in the enclave in the last four months—as opposed to 12,193 children worldwide between 2019 and 2022—”staggering.”.

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Call for a ceasefire.

The UNRWA chief echoed calls from around the world for an immediate ceasefire in the enclave, where heavy Israeli bombardment in retaliation for Hamas-led terror attacks in Israel on October 7 has leveled entire neighborhoods, in a late-night post on X, the former Twitter platform.

As of right now, the local health authorities report that over 31,184 Palestinians have died and 72,889 injured. Israeli army data as of March 12th indicates that since the beginning of the ground operation, 247 Israeli soldiers had died and 1,475 had been injured in Gaza.

personnel of UNRWA killed and injured.

The organization said on Wednesday that Israeli forces had struck a food distribution center in the eastern section of Rafah, in the extreme south of the Strip, resulting in the death of at least one employee and the injuries of another 22.

Mr. Dot Lazzarini stated, “Today’s attack on one of the very few remaining UNRWA distribution centers in the Gaza Strip comes as food supplies are running out, hunger is widespread, and, in some areas, turning into famine.”.

Parties to the conflict are given daily access to the coordinates of all our facilities located throughout the Gaza Strip. The UNRWA head stated, “Yesterday, the Israeli army received the coordinates, including of this facility.”.

UNRWA has documented an unprecedented number of violations against its personnel and facilities since the start of the war five months ago. Over 150 facilities, including numerous schools, have been damaged, and at least 165 UNRWA team members have died, including those who died while performing their duties.

Youngsters are the most at risk.

The event occurred amid ominous warnings from UN humanitarians regarding the dire circumstances in Gaza, where at least 576,000 people, or one in four, are on the verge of starvation. The UN relief coordination office, OCHA, reports that approximately 25 people—21 of them children—have now passed away in northern Gaza from severe acute malnutrition and dehydration.

With one million children already forcibly removed from their homes due to the conflict and approximately 17,000 unaccompanied or separated children—or 1% of the 11.7 million Gazans displaced—young people are among those least equipped to deal with hunger and disease, the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, has warned.

Some respite for the northern Gaza region.

A World Food Programme (WFP) relief convoy to Gaza City on Tuesday marked the organization’s first successful trip to the north since February 20. The effort was part of UN-partnered efforts to help alleviate the dire situation amid ongoing fighting and Israeli bombardment.

“We need daily deliveries to the north, as well as direct entry points, with people in northern Gaza on the verge of famine,” the World Food Program stated in the most recent UN report on the situation.

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According to the UN relief agency OCHA, 19 UN partners provided food assistance, such as food parcels and hot meals, to 200,000 people in Gaza on a daily average last week. “Rafah accounted for over two thirds of this total, with the remaining portions being distributed throughout Deir al Balah, Khan Younis, and other regions. “.

medical assistance.

In the meantime, in addition to the hospitals it had already visited over the weekend—Ahil Arab Hospital and Al-Sahaba Hospital—the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners reached two more hospitals in northern Gaza on Monday: Al Shifa and Al Helou.

Al Shifa received food and 24,000 liters of fuel in addition to medical supplies (including medications, anesthetics, and surgical supplies) for 42,000 patients.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general of WHO, stated that Al Shifa was in critical need of specialized health workers and had only a minimal level of functionality in a social media post on X, the former Twitter.

At Al Helou hospital, Tedros continued, there are still severe shortages of food, fuel, surgical equipment, medical personnel, and other necessities. Services are restricted in all departments.

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