“AAfter four months of brutal war in Gaza, the impact on children is tragic and their future is at risk. More than half a million children cannot attend primary and secondary school,” said the Commissioner General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Middle East (UNRWA), Philippe Lazzarini.
The official highlighted that every day “war deepens the scars” and puts the population at risk of “losing a generation” that is “vulnerable to exploitation”, in a message on his account on the social network X (formerly Twitter).
“Children are being robbed of their childhood”, stated Philippe Lazzarini, before highlighting the importance of “reversing” this situation. To achieve this, he added, a “humanitarian ceasefire” is necessary.
These words from the UNRWA Commissioner General come one day after he warned that the population of the north of the Gaza Strip is “on the verge of starvation” due to the scarcity of food reaching the area, in the midst of the military offensive launched on October 7th by the Israeli army in response to attacks carried out by the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), which caused around 1,200 deaths and more than two hundred hostages, according to Israel.
According to Lazzarini, the last time UNRWA was able to deliver food to the population of the northern Gaza Strip was on January 23, more than two weeks ago. Additionally, since the beginning of the year, the organization’s grocery delivery requests “have been rejected.”
Authorities in the Gaza Strip, territory controlled by Hamas since 2007, reported that incessant attacks by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have killed around 28,000 people, mostly women and children, and injured 67,300.
Israel, for its part, claims to have killed 10,000 militiamen.
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