The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday deplored all acts of violence against Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip.
In the last 10 days, three children were killed and dozens more were seriously injured in the recent tragic events in the Gaza Strip, UNICEF’s Regional Director for Middle East and North Africa, Geert Cappelaer, said in a statement released in Lebanon’s Beirut.
It is imperative that all actors on all sides put the protection of children first, he stressed, addressing the international community.
Children, the UN official reiterated, should never be the target of violence and must not be put at risk of violence nor encouraged to participate in violence.
Among young people who have experienced armed conflict over the last decade, unemployment is above 60 per cent, the UN organisation pointed out.
UNICEF explained that the increase in recent events has exacerbated the acute crisis experienced by the Gaza people.
Source: Palestine Chronicle