More than 400,000 children in Gaza need “immediate psychosocial and child protection support” following Israel’s devastating assault, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
The data is contained in an October report produced by the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
At least 538 Palestinian children are confirmed killed by Israeli military attacks during so-called ‘Operation Protective Edge’, says UNICEF. More than two-thirds of the child fatalities, 68 percent, were 12 years old or younger.
The UN agency reports that nearly 425,000 children in Gaza are in need of immediate psychosocial and child protection support, including at least 3,373 injured children (some with permanent disabilities), as well as more than 1,500 children who were orphaned.
All require urgent support “to deal with acute levels of psychosocial distress and vulnerability at a time when several neighbourhoods and villages of the Gaza Strip still lie in ruins.”
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