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Gaza Described as "Children’s Cemetery" by Save the Children International


Mon 24 Jun 2024 | 09:45 PM
Destruction from the latest siege of Gaza. Ashraf Amra/Anadolu via Getty Images)
Destruction from the latest siege of Gaza. Ashraf Amra/Anadolu via Getty Images)
By Ahmad El-Assasy

The Gaza Ministry of Health reported today that 28 Palestinians were killed and 66 others were injured by Israeli aggression in the past 24 hours.

In a press statement, the ministry stated that today’s update brings the total number of martyrs in Gaza to 37,626, the majority of whom are children and women, with an additional 86,098 injured. Thousands of victims remain trapped under the rubble.

The ministry further explained that numerous victims are still buried under the debris and in the streets, with rescue teams and civil defense unable to reach them.

Save the Children International announced that approximately 21,000 children in Gaza are either trapped under the rubble, detained, or buried in unknown or mass graves.

In a press release, the organization highlighted the increasing number of children separated from their families due to intensified Israeli attacks on Rafah, in southern Gaza. Those protecting unaccompanied children are under significant strain.

The organization reported that about 17,000 children have been separated from their families or are missing in Gaza, with around 4,000 children still trapped under the rubble or buried in mass or unknown graves.

Save the Children noted that an unknown number of children have been detained, with the possibility of them being removed from Gaza.

The organization emphasized the difficulty in identifying the bodies of those buried under rubble or burned to death in tents during Israeli attacks.

Jeremy Stoner, the organization's regional director for the Middle East, stated, "Many parents do not know the whereabouts of their loved ones. No parent should have to dig through rubble or mass graves to find their child, and no child should remain alone and unprotected in a war zone."

Stoner described Gaza as a "children’s cemetery," warning that the danger to both living and missing children persists.

He stressed the urgent need for a ceasefire to locate missing children and reunite them with their families if they are still alive.