UN body calls for children protection as Israel, Gaza conflict escalates

Sunday, November 18, 2012
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New York: UNICEF has expressed its concerns about the deteriorating situation in Gaza and Israel and its impact on children.

The UN body has called on all parties “to do everything to exercise the utmost restraint and to protect the rights and well-being of all children.”

In the past few days, six Palestinian children age 10 months to 15 years have been reported killed in airstrikes on Gaza, and 60 injured. Another Palestinian child was reported killed by a rocket which fell short. Gaza is under closure making it difficult for civilians to flee.

In Southern Israel, schools within 40 kilometers of the Gaza Strip remained closed due to indiscriminate rocket fire.

Both rocket attacks and airstrikes are putting children and their families at risk, leaving them exposed to physical harm and mental distress.
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