UNICEF Report: Thousands of Gaza Children Killed and Malnourished in Conflict with Israel

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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has reported that in the besieged enclave of Gaza, children are not even able to cry due to severe malnutrition as Israel continues its bombardment. According to UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell, more than 13,000 children have been killed in Gaza since October 7, with many others suffering from malnutrition and injuries. Aid and assistance face bureaucratic challenges in reaching those in need.

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has also warned of a famine looming in Gaza, as one in three children under the age of two in northern Gaza is acutely malnourished. International criticism has been directed at Israel for the high death toll, starvation crisis, and alleged blockage of aid deliveries into Gaza.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has threatened a ground assault on Rafah, where many Palestinians have sought refuge. Netanyahu has stated that Israel will continue its operation until all goals are achieved, including eliminating Hamas and ensuring security for Israel.

Since October 7, Israel’s military campaign has resulted in the deaths of over 31,000 Palestinians, primarily women and children, and the displacement of nearly two million residents. Accusations of genocide have been made against Israel and are being investigated by the UN’s International Court of Justice. Israel maintains that its actions are in self-defence, following an attack by Hamas on October 7 that resulted in casualties and captives.

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