STATEMENT: Death toll for children rises over 2,000 in Gaza-Israel conflict
Oct. 25, 2023
Responding to reports that more than 2,000 children have now lost their lives in the ongoing conflict in Gaza and Israel, Plan International once again calls for an immediate ceasefire.
Since the escalation of violence on Oct. 7, the number of children killed has risen to over 2,000, according to the Palestinian health ministry and Israeli authorities. Thousands more have been injured.
There is never any justification for the killing or harming of children. In war and conflict, children must not be targeted. Plan International continues to call on all parties involved for an immediate ceasefire and demands international humanitarian law be upheld and the principle of humanity respected.
Children in Gaza, Israel and the West Bank are suffering when they should be living their lives free from violence and fear. We have a global collective responsibility to protect that right. Future generations will suffer as a result of this ongoing violence, as they live through the trauma of war, with profound impacts on their long-term mental health.
While we welcome the news that aid trucks are starting to reach people in Gaza, much more aid is needed, quickly. Over 1.4 million people are displaced internally and around half of these people are children. They are living in crowded environments with limited access to food, water, sanitation and hygiene.
So far, 54 trucks have reportedly reached Gaza since Saturday. United Nations officials have said at least 100 trucks a day would be needed to meet the urgent requirements.
Up to 200 women a day are giving birth in Gaza, and the U.N. World Health Organisation has warned that doctors are performing surgeries without anaesthesia or other basic surgical supplies. Hospitals desperately need fuel to back up hospital generators, where 120 babies are reportedly dependent on incubators. No fuel has been allowed to enter Gaza so far.
Plan International urges all involved parties to immediate cease all hostilities and to allow humanitarian workers unhindered access for relief materials. Both of these demands are critical and urgent. If not followed, there is a grave risk that even more children will lose their lives.
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