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UNICEF warns of the seriousness of the conditions facing the children of Gaza

GAZA, April 13, 2017 (WAM) – Tess Ingram, spokeswoman for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), warned of the repercussions of the war on the physical health, development, and mental health of Gazan children in the long term.

Ingram, who is currently in the city of Rafah in southern Gaza, said that the children of Gaza are stuck in successive and continuous conflict and trauma, without any safe place to which they can seek refuge.
She stressed that there is still an opportunity to stave off famine in Gaza, if the Strip is “flooded with aid,” but humanitarian access, especially to the north, is still severely restricted, as she saw for herself when the car in which she was traveling with her colleagues was exposed to gunfire. While she was waiting to be allowed to bring aid into the region.

Ingram added: “The situation in Gaza is tragic, especially to see someone suffering from malnutrition, due to the interruption of food production, and the restrictions imposed on the arrival of aid to that area, and as a result of that situation, children are dying. At least 23 children have died in Kamal Adwan Hospital.

She said that the situation in the Gaza Strip requires opening the crossing for several reasons, the first of which is to increase the volume of aid in general, and the second is to reach directly to the north, so as to allow aid to be provided quickly and on a large scale to children and families there, who are in dire need of food and nutritional supplies.

Tess Ingram pointed out that the south of the Gaza Strip is also at risk of famine, but she said that she believes there is a possibility to prevent that famine from occurring, if aid is allowed to enter the entire strip in an increasing manner. There is still time to prevent famine in the center and south of the Strip.

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