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In Numbers: What Gaza Catastrophe Tell Us


Fri 05 Jul 2024 | 02:35 PM
Palestinians gather near the remains of a building that was destroyed  Israeli air strikes, in Gaza City November 13, 2018. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
Palestinians gather near the remains of a building that was destroyed Israeli air strikes, in Gaza City November 13, 2018. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
Ahmed Emam

As the death toll in Gaza continues to rise due to Israel's ongoing bombardment of the area, another heartbreaking statistic is also on the rise: the number of missing children. A recent report by Save the Children reveals that at least 21,000 children are currently missing as a result of the war. 

This figure includes 17,000 children who have been separated from their families or are unaccompanied, as well as 4,000 children who are believed to be trapped under the rubble. Additionally, there are countless children who may have been detained by Israeli forces or found in mass graves.

The statistics coming out of Gaza, including the death toll of over 37,000 people, is being tracked by the Hamas-led Gaza Health Ministry and is considered reliable by the U.S. government and the U.N. The report notes that it is "nearly impossible" to collect and verify information under the current conditions in Gaza due to the lack of access granted to aid agencies and forensic experts. Experts warn that the actual situation is likely much worse.

The war has resulted in the deaths of over 38,000 Palestinians, according to Gaza's Health Ministry. The ministry's count includes both combatants and civilians, with thousands of women and children among the casualties.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) indicated that limited fuel supplies are currently being directed to key hospitals, such as the Nasser Medical Complex and Al Amal Hospital in Khan Yunis, as well as the Kuwaiti hospital in Rafah. Additionally, fuel is being provided to 21 ambulances operated by the Palestinian Red Crescent to ensure that vital services continue without interruption.

WHO Director-General Tedros noted that the European Gaza Hospital in Khan Yunis had been non-operational since Tuesday and emphasized that further loss of hospitals in the region would be catastrophic.