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Children in Gaza facing a crisis of unimaginable proportions

Children in Gaza facing a crisis of unimaginable proportions

Following two months since the escalation of violence in Gaza and Israel, Rose Caldwell, Chief Executive of Plan International UK, said:

“It has now been two months since the tragic escalation of violence in Gaza and Israel began, with an estimated 1,400 people killed in Israel, and over 15,000 people, including 6,150 children, killed in Gaza in that time. 

“Over the last week, we have been devastated by the numbers of deaths since violence resumed after just a short pause. There is never justification for the killing of children, the bombing of civilian buildings such as hospitals and schools, or the restriction of urgently needed life-saving aid. 

“Children now face a crisis of unimaginable proportions, with no part of Gaza safe for them and their families. The increasing risks of waterborne diseases, and colder winter weather, could be deadly for thousands of children forced to live in makeshift tents without warm clothes, food and clean water. 

“Under these unbearable conditions, an immediate, full and sustained ceasefire is essential to allow life-saving aid to reach all people in need and to end the killing of children. The immediate release of all Israeli hostages, and children held by the Israeli military, is also critical. The lives and futures of hundreds of thousands of children hang in the balance. This death and destruction must end.” 

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