The Gaza Post|the News of Palestine-Gaza
Three children have been killed and dozens others have been seriously injured over the past 10 days in the Gaza Strip, said Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, in a statement issued on Wednesday.
One in four children (250,000) are in need of psychosocial support due to past trauma and more than half of children depend on some form of assistance for their daily survival , Cappelaere added.
”UNICEF deplores all acts of violence against children.
Children in Gaza have been living in extremely dire circumstances for many years”, the statement said. ”It is imperative that all actors on all sides put the protection of children first. Children should never be the target of violence and must not be put at risk of violence nor encouraged to participate in violence.
The UN official said that ”these latest developments compound an already acute crisis in the Gaza Strip, where families have been coping with less than five hours of electricity per day for almost a year.
Among young people, who have experienced three major rounds of armed conflict in the last decade, unemployment is above 60 per cent. Only 10 per cent of families in the Gaza Strip have regular direct access to drinking water”.