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2nd week of December - Children affected by violence in Gaza

© UNICEF/NYHQ2012-1522/El Baba

On 19 November, boys watch as homes are destroyed by Israeli airstrikes, in the Al Bureij refugee camp, in the central Gaza Strip.

By 26 November in Occupied Palestinian Territory, children and their families continued to endure the effects of the recent violence between the Gaza Strip and Israel. Following rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel and retaliatory airstrikes from Israel into Gaza, the conflict escalated before a ceasefire was announced on 21 November. The hostilities resulted in the killing of 158 Palestinians and six Israelis. Palestinian casualties included at least 33 children and 13 women. Nearly 1,270 Palestinians – mostly civilians – were injured, together with 224 Israelis. Damage to homes forced many families in Gaza and southern Israel to move to safer zones. Though ongoing recovery efforts include a return to school in Gaza, at least 136 schools and kindergartens were damaged due to airstrikes; hospitals also exceeded capacity. Additionally, the violence has had a substantial psychological effect, especially on children. UNICEF and partners are supporting emergency efforts for Gazans in the areas of health and nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, education and child protection, including psychosocial assistance. UNICEF requires US$2.97 million to fund these responses.

UNICEF's Photo of the Week highlights the best images focusing on the situations facing children around the world. By sharing their stories, and illustrating the issues that affect their lives, UNICEF hopes to promote and defend the rights of children everywhere.




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