Escalating violence in the Gaza Strip and Israel threatens devastating harm for children - UNICEF
NEW YORK, 10 July 2014 – The escalating
violence in Gaza and Israel threatens devastating harm for children on all
sides, UNICEF said today, urging restraint to protect all children.
Already over the last three days, at least 19 Palestinian children have been
reported killed in airstrikes on Gaza and many more injured. The coastal
enclave is under closure, making it difficult for civilians to flee. In Israel,
rocket attacks from Gaza threaten the lives of Israeli children as well.
Both airstrikes and rocket attacks are putting children at risk, leaving them
exposed to physical harm and mental distress; many already experienced violence
and destruction during previous escalations.
UNICEF reiterates the UN Secretary-General's call on parties to exercise
maximum restraint, and reminds them of their legal and moral obligation to
protect children from harm.
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