Israeli war impact on Gaza kids indescribable: UNICEF

Israeli war impact on Gaza kids indescribable: UNICEF

Mon Aug 4, 2014 10:38PM GMT

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says the destructive effect of Israeli onslaught on the besieged Gaza Strip defies description.

“The physical and psychological toll that the violence is having on people is almost indescribable,” said Pernille Ironside, the chief of the UNICEF field office in the blockaded area.

Medical sources say at least 1,865 people, including 400 children, have been killed and over 9,500 others injured since the Israeli regime began its offensive against the Gaza Strip on July 8.

“We see children killed, injured, mutilated and burnt, in addition to being terrified to their core. The consequences run much deeper than previous flare-ups,” she added.

Referring to her meeting with a 4-year-old Palestinian girl in a hospital in Gaza, Ironside said, “The little girl was longing for her mother and her siblings, all of whom died as they were seeking shelter, leaving their home in search of a safer place; only this child and her father survived.”

“How do you tell a 4-year-old that most of her family died?” she asked.

On Monday, Israel declared a seven-hour ceasefire in some parts of Gaza. However, shortly after the unilateral truce, which started at 10 a.m. (0700 GMT), an Israeli airstrike targeted a house at the al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, killing a child.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a Monday statement that the military operation in Gaza “will continue until its goals are reached.”

The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, has been launching retaliatory attacks against Israel.

The Israeli military says 64 of its soldiers have been killed in the conflict, but Hamas puts the fatalities at more than 150.

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