Palestinians inspect damage done by Israeli bombardment

Monday, November 26, 2012
[PHOTO: UNifeed] 
Gaza City: Palestinians are inspecting the damage done to homes by the bombardment of Gaza City—a conflict which lasted more than a week.

The violence claimed the lives of more than 140 Palestinians, including 26 children,and five Israelis.

As residential neighborhoods were targeted Palestinian families sought shelter in centrally located schools.

Recalling the events, Yasser Abed Rabbo says, "They started firing missiles and destroying people's houses. They distributed leaflets asking us to leave our houses and we were very scared for our lives."

A ceasefire is now in effect but the conflict displaced more than ten thousand Palestinians and injured more than twelve hundred.

"I was seeing children who have been injured by the conflict, and children on ventilators, children bruised, their bruised bodies and they were very much suffering," says Diane Araki, Chief of UNICEF Field Office in Gaza.

It's estimated that at least 213 homes were destroyed or seriously damaged during the attack and more than 1500 have sustained minor damage.

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on Thursday (22 November) said that the conflict between Hamas and Israel is having a "devastating and lasting impact" on children, stressing that the recent crisis would have long-term psychological effects on youth.

"This impact extends from a large number of deaths and injuries in Gaza to deep trauma and other psychological effects on children on both sides of the border," the Committee said. "These experiences may affect them for many years to come, including into adulthood." -UNifeed
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