UNICEF says 2,360 children have died in Israel’s counterattacks in the Gaza Strip in response to Hamas’ October 7 terror attacks on southern Israel.
The aid group, which spoke of the “relentless attacks,” said 5,364 children were injured.
Since the Hamas attacks, Israel’s army has been bombing targets in the Gaza Strip and preparing a ground offensive in the sealed-off coastal area.
“The situation in the Gaza Strip is a growing stain on our collective conscience. The rate of death and injuries of children simply staggering,” said Adele Khodr, UNICEF regional director for the Middle East and North Africa.
He said the Gaza Strip is suffering from acute water shortages, with severe consequences for children, who make up about 50 per cent of the population.
UNICEF urged all parties to agree to a ceasefire, provide humanitarian access and release all hostages.