UNICEF e-newsletter

After Gaza violence, young people face an uncertain future 27 June 2007
 

The recent intra-Palestinian violence in the Gaza Strip left many young people shaken and unable to carry out their daily activities.

Clashes between Hamas and Fatah killed more than 110 people and injured another 500 earlier this month. Children and adolescents were left with nothing to do but wait and hope, disappointed over the cancellation of summer plans, the disruption of critically important final exams and the uncertain future they face.

“They were continuously shooting for five days,” recalled Julie, 17, one of several Palestinian youths who spoke to UNICEF Radio. “The situation was really bad. Nobody was able to get out of the house, not even able to get near a window.”

In the aftermath of the internal violence – and amid the continuing Israeli-Palestinian conflict – UNICEF and its partners have been working to provide medical supplies, safe water and psychosocial counselling for children and families in the affected areas. Learn more about Gaza’s children in crisis.

In the aftermath of the internal violence – and amid the continuing Israeli-Palestinian conflict – UNICEF and its partners have been working to provide medical supplies, safe water and psychosocial counselling for children and families in the affected areas. Learn more about Gaza’s children in crisis.

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A boy walks cautiously through a scene of recent intra-Palestinian fighting in Gaza.
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A boy walks cautiously through a scene of recent intra-Palestinian fighting in Gaza.

AUDIO: UNICEF correspondent Amy Bennett speaks with four young people in Gaza in the wake of violent clashes there.
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