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Gaza Conflict Claims More Child Lives Than Global Warfare in Four Years

Gaza Conflict

Amidst the ongoing conflict in Gaza, a stark and distressing revelation has emerged. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has unveiled a troubling statistic: the number of children killed in Gaza over a mere four months surpasses the total child casualties in global conflicts spanning four years. Here are some details from the report of The Philippine Star

The Stark Comparison

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Worldwide Conflict Casualties: Between 2019 and 2022, conflicts across the globe claimed the lives of 12,193 children, according to United Nations data. This collective toll highlights the tragic impact of violence on children in various conflict zones worldwide.

In stark contrast, the health ministry in Hamas-controlled Gaza has reported over 12,300 children’s deaths between October and February alone. This harrowing figure underscores the severity of the situation in Gaza, where children disproportionately suffer amidst ongoing conflict.

The War on Children

Impact on Childhood and Future: Philippe Lazzarini, head of UNRWA, has characterized the Gaza conflict as a “war on children.” Beyond the loss of innocent lives, the violence robs children of their childhood and jeopardizes their future prospects.

Psychological Trauma: The conflict inflicts profound psychological trauma on Gaza’s children, compounded by the constant threat of violence, loss of loved ones, and displacement. These experiences leave lasting scars on their mental well-being.

Root Causes and Escalation

Triggering Incident: The current escalation traces back to an unprecedented Hamas attack on October 7, targeting Israeli civilians. This attack resulted in significant casualties and prompted a forceful response from Israel.

Israel’s retaliatory actions, including airstrikes and a ground offensive, have led to extensive casualties among Palestinians in Gaza. The disproportionate impact on civilians, particularly women and children, has drawn condemnation from humanitarian organizations.

Casualty Figures: According to Gaza’s health ministry estimates, over 31,000 Palestinians have lost their lives in the conflict, with a significant proportion being women and children. These staggering casualties underscore the urgent need for humanitarian assistance and intervention.

Hostage Situation

Hamas’s abduction of Israeli civilians, including children, has further escalated tensions and worsened the humanitarian crisis. The plight of hostages, some of whom remain in captivity, adds another layer of complexity to the conflict.

The ongoing conflict in Gaza represents a humanitarian catastrophe, with children bearing the brunt of its devastating impact. Urgent action is imperative to protect civilian lives, alleviate suffering, and work towards a sustainable peace that safeguards the rights and futures of Gaza’s youngest generation.

Read Also: Gravedigger Overseeing Half of Gaza’s Burials: No Space Left for Bodies

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