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Medics treat three wounded Palestinian children at Al-Aqsa Hospital following an Israeli air attack, in Deir el-Balah in the central Gaza Strip on October 24 [Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto via Getty Images]

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Mounting evidence and reports of the 7th October 2023 attack on Israel with Israeli hostages taken was a well planned Israeli Mossad False Flag Operation created as a excuse to the world to completely level  Northern Gaza Strip with rockets, bombs, bulldosers and tanks, kill thousands of Palestinian men, women and children, and make over two million Palestinians homeless and force those still living to flee the Northern Gaza Strip to make way to build an new Canal through Israel and The Gaza Strip as an alternative to the Suez Canal.

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An Israeli whose family members where kidnapped and murdered by Hamas reveals how he learnt about the fate of his own kidnapped relatives.
He was sent a text a message from Hamas to his phone number saying that it was the El-Qassam  Brigade, part the Military Wing of Hamas saying:
"Family, this is a message from El-Qassam, which is one of the Military Units of Hamas ...Carmel Gat, the name of my counsin...).. we offered your government a deal to release all the Zionist Hostages for releasing all the Palestinian Prisoners ..if you want to know the situation of your hostages just stay in touch with us ... and there is a link there.."
Euro News Reporter Shorna Murray Euro News Tele Aviv..: 
"The Israeli Man Gil Dickmann  did not click on the link as a result of fears of it would hack his phone.. Gil Dickmann's Cousin Carmel Carmel Gat was kidnapped by Hamas Militants on October 7th 2023 ...the wife of his other cousin  Yadel Gat ..his aunt  was murdered ...he learned of her fate from seeing a live video of her capture and then another video laying near the home that she once loved...."
The Israeli Man Gil Dickmann 
"I saw videos on Telegram ..and a saw a video showing she (my aunt was hand cuffed ..they were walking her down the street of the Kabutzz .... and in another video I saw her with her face to the ground murdered.. yeh..it also took a lot of time till the IDF came ... we still do not know why.. we do not know what happened .. we kind of lost faith in all the world... I still can't believe it now today.."
 
Euro News Reporter Shorna Murray Euro News Tele Viv..: 
"There has been many reports this week saying that hostage negotiations are reaching a critical momentum, although this has been formerly denied by the Israeli Government. .. who say that as soon as there is news, the families of those captured will be the first to know.. and then the world will know. Then meanwhile the Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu
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 and as former US President Barack Obama has said..
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Previous ground offensives by Israel into Gaza in 2014 and 2019 were more limited in aim — intending to punish and degrade Hamas but not remove it completely. More than 1,000 Palestinians were killed during the 2019 campaign; the death toll in 2014 exceeded 1,500, including more than 500 children.

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  • Isrcael-Hcamas violence has killed more than 3,000 children. Almost all are Palestinians hit by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza.
  • Children account for a startlingly high share of Palestinians reported killed in Gaza — roughly 41%.
  • Gaza's demography, geography, and IDF military tactics have contributed to the high death toll.

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The IDF’s bombing of Gaza has been unusually deadly for children, as compared to other recent conflicts and previous Israeli offensives.

Adults killed Gaza 5K
Children killed Gaza 3.2K
 
Adults killed Ukraine  6.9K
 
Children killed Ukraine 600
 
Adults killed Israel 1.4K
 
Children killed Israel  30
 
 Source: Gaza: Gaza Ministry of Heath, Oct. 30, 2023; Ukraine: United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner, Israel: Media Reports
   
 
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Israeli jets, drones concentrate attacks on southern Gaza Strip

Reporting from Khan Younis, Gaza

Attacks on the south of the Gaza Strip continue and it was the main concentration for the majority of Israeli strikes in the last couple of hours as Israel destroyed four residential houses in southern areas of the territory, including three houses in Khan Younis city and one house in Deir el-Balah district. A number of Palestinians have been reported injured and they are now receiving treatment in Gaza’s southern hospitals.

The movement of Israeli fighter jets and Israeli drones in southern areas has intensified during the last couple of hours as Israel is clearly driving its attention to southern areas, which have also witnessed massive fleeing from the northern areas of the territory to the south. People now are overcrowded in the south of the territory and also witnessing massive deterioration in humanitarian conditions.

Palestinian emergency personnel and residents inspect the rubble of a building for survivors following Israeli strikes in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on November 15, 2023, amid ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS / AFP)

Palestinian emergency personnel and residents search the rubble of a building for survivors following Israeli strikes in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on November 15, 2023 [Mahmud Hams/AFP]

Read more about how staff at Gaza City’s al-Shifa Hospital have buried dozens of patients in a mass grave as fighting rages around the health complex, here.

Read more about how Hezbollah is calculating its fight against Israel with an eye towards its domestic audience, here.

Or listen to our podcast on what protests can achieve in terms of efforts to block US military aid to Israel, here.

 

Next week, the Scottish government will lead a debate in Holyrood on the situation after MPs in Westminster voted against a ceasefire.

 
 

Israel-Gaza war: Glasgow protestors march 

Israel-Gaza war: Glasgow protestors march for immediate ceasefire

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Israel-Gaza war: Glasgow protestors march for immediate ceasefire

Thousands of people have attended a pro-Palestinian rally in Glasgow to demand an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.

People take part in a march and demonstration in Glasgow demanding a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas conflict

Demonstrators gathered in the east end of the city at Glasgow Green.

Protesters have held demonstrations in cities and towns across Scotland every weekend since hostilities began in the Middle East last month.

Next week, the Scottish government will lead a debate in Holyrood on the situation after MPs in Westminster voted against a ceasefire.

The SNP tabled the motion on Wednesday which was defeated by 125 votes to 294.

First Minister Humza Yousaf has been vocal in his support for a ceasefire and said he was "beyond angry" with MPs who refused to back an immediate end to the fighting.

Mr Yousaf, who was recently reunited with his Palestinian in-laws after they returned to Scotland after being trapped for four weeks in Gaza, warned MPs who did not back an immediate ceasefire were "on the wrong side of history".

Rabbi Pete Tobias told BBC Scotland News he would love to join a rally like the one in Glasgow, if he thought it was "genuinely" seeking to bring peace to the Middle East.

"But I believe that the framing of these marches as 'pro-Palestinian' and the nature of the banners and chants we see and hear makes them partisan, confrontational and frankly dangerous," he said.

Organisers estimated that around 18,000 people turned out for the pro-Palestinian event in Glasgow, arranged by a coalition of groups called the Gaza Genocide Emergency Committee.

Nadia Boukdir was one of the many people who came out to show their support for Palestine, despite the rain.

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University student Nadia Boukdir said it had been "very tough" seeing the footage coming out of Gaza

The university student, who is originally from Morocco, is studying for her masters at Strathclyde. She told BBC Scotland News it had been "very tough" seeing the footage coming out of Gaza.

"We're trying our best to just speak and not stay quiet because our friends, our sisters, our brothers are dying, children are dying and families are being destroyed," she said.

Anna, a medical student from Edinburgh who is part of a group called medics for humanitarian justice, was also at the protest. She said she came out to show solidarity with her colleagues in Gaza.

Those attending the rally had been urged to write their names on their arms as a gesture of solidarity with the besieged population of Gaza, who have used the method so they can be identified and buried with relatives if they are killed.

"Our government's response has been abysmal and we're demanding that they call for a ceasefire now to protect our colleagues and their patients in Gaza," Anna said.

"They have been consistently attacking healthcare facilities, hospitals, people accessing aid, people distributing aid. This is beyond a war. This is a genocide and we want it stopped."

Protestors waving Palestinian flags

On Friday, Israel's prime minister said Israel was trying to minimise civilian casualties but had been "not successful", which he blamed on Hamas.

In an interview with CBS News, Benjamin Netanyahu said Hamas was firing at Palestinians trying to get safety.

More than 11,500 people have been killed in Gaza, Hamas's health ministry says, since Israel went to war after Hamas's attack on 7 October.

Sammy Stein, who chairs Glasgow Friends of Israel, said his group advocated for peace and supported both the Palestinian and Israeli people.

"We advocate for both people to have their own homeland, which is quite unusual because nobody else, certainly on this street and around the UK that advocates for both sides," he said.

"They tend to be either pro-Israeli or pro-Palestinian. We believe that you cannot have peace for one side and therefore if you want peace you need to have peace for both sides."

 Sammy Stein

Sammy Stein said his group advocated for peace and supported both the Palestinian and Israeli people

Mr Stein said he thinks many of the people who have attend the demonstrations in Glasgow over the last few weeks have been genuine in their pursuit of peace.

"But many of them do not understand the complications of the conflict," he said.

"Now it's all very well for people to walk up and down with banners saying ceasefire unfortunately we know from what Hamas has said that they are not prepared to stop."

He added that he thought there was no point calling for a ceasefire if "you know that one side is not going to honour that ceasefire".

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A similar rally was held in Aberdeen on Saturday

But that has not stopped similar protests taking place across the UK demanding an end to the fighting, with one in Aberdeen and another in Oxford.

On Friday, hundreds joined a school strike for Palestine, with rallies held in Glasgow, London and Bristol as part of a number of school walkouts organised by the campaign group Stop the War Coalition.

Scottish Greens councillor Blair Anderson said on X, the site formerly known as Twitter, that there would be "no punitive action" for any of the Glasgow schoolchildren who attended the rally.

A number of pro-Palestinian marches were also held across Scotland on Armistice Sunday last weekend.

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Kyiv, Ukraine – When Hamas attacked Israel on October 7, the world’s attention shifted from the Russian-Ukrainian war to the Middle East conflict.

As the new war flared, Ukrainian officials and some observers were quick to accuse Moscow of meddling and even graver allegations – that it was supplying the Palestinian group with weapons.

They provided no evidence for their claims.

“Russia is interested in triggering a war in the Middle East, so that a new source of pain and suffering could undermine world unity, increase discord and contradictions, and thus help Russia destroy freedom in Europe,” said Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at the time.

“We see Russian propagandists gloating. We see Moscow’s Iranian friends openly supporting those who attacked Israel. And all of this is a much greater threat than the world currently perceives. The world wars of the past started with local aggressions.”

Kyrylo Budanov, Ukraine’s top intelligence officer, alleged that Moscow may have provided Hamas with arms seized in Ukraine in what would appear as a perfect way to cover Russia’s fingerprints.

“We all clearly see that trophy arms from Ukraine have indeed been passed to the Hamas group. Mostly, it’s infantry weapons,” he told the Ukrainska Pravda newspaper on October 12.

But several experts have warned that despite decades-long amicability between Russia, Hamas, and Iran, there is no concrete proof of Russian arms supplies.

“We don’t see the main thing – a statement from the Israeli military and their demonstration of the Hamas arms they seized,” Nikolay Mitrokhin of Germany’s University of Bremen told Al Jazeera.

“So far, there’s no proof of sizeable arms supplies from Russia to Gaza,” he said. “They may very likely emerge after [Israel finishes] the clean-up of Gaza, but only then it will make sense to talk about them.”

On November 2, Aleksander Venediktov, of Russia’s Security Council, told the Ria Novosti news agency, “Such speculations are an open provocation.”

After the Hamas attacks, Israel began a relentless bombing campaign in Gaza, with the stated aim of crushing the Palestinian group that governs the densely populated enclave.

More than 1,200 were killed in Israel – among them more than a dozen Russian nationals – and more than 200 were captured in the Hamas attacks. Israel’s offensive in Gaza has killed more than 11,200 Palestinians.

Vera Mironova, a Russian-American security expert and author, has renewed the weapons claim, telling Al Jazeera that a former US senior security official is preparing to release a detailed report on the alleged link between the Hamas attack and Russia.

“It was absolutely coordinated with Moscow,” said Mironova, who is currently a research fellow at Harvard University.

Russian President Vladimir Putin “didn’t say things like ‘attack [Israel], but it was 100 percent coordinated”, she claimed.

Mironova alleged again that Russia supplied arms to Hamas – and did it via Iran and Syria to “distance itself” from the conflict.

“Russia has enough weapons to supply” its war effort in Ukraine and its allies in the Middle East, she claimed.

In return, she said, Iran is providing Russia with more inexpensive kamikaze drones so that their swarms are launched to wreak havoc and overwhelm Western-supplied air defence systems such as the US-made MIM-104 Patriot or the Norwegian-made NASAMS.

Al Jazeera was not able to independently verify Mironova’s allegations.

Undocumented allegations of weapons deliveries go both ways.

Last month, former Russian President and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev suggested that NATO arms sent to Ukraine “ended up” in the hands of Hamas fighters.

“So, NATO friends, game over? The weapons supplied to the Nazi regime in Ukraine are actively used in Israel,” Medvedev, who currently serves as deputy head of Russia’s Security Council, wrote on Telegram on October 9.

“It will only get worse. Expect missiles, tanks and soon planes from Kyiv on the black market,” he wrote.

According to Igar Tyshkevich, a Kyiv-based foreign policy expert at the Ukrainian Institute of the Future, Russia might have shipped Western arms seized in Ukraine, but the possible sources of these weapons could have been Afghanistan, where huge amounts of Western equipment were left after “the hurried withdrawal of Americans” in 2021.

Another possible source is Iraq, where Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) sided with pro-US Iraqi forces to fight ISIL (ISIS) in 2014, he told Al Jazeera. Syria could have been one more source of weaponry – given the past presence of US troops and President Bashar al-Assad’s political proximity to Iran, he said.

Hamas, for its part, has not commented on the continued claims about its supplies.

On October 26, Russia played host to Hamas leaders, a defiant move against the West likely aimed at demonstrating its diplomatic clout.

Israel decried the meeting in Moscow as “reprehensible”.

Days earlier, Hamas had thanked Putin for his diplomatic support. The Russian leader took days to condemn Hamas’s assault, and in his first comments on the crisis blamed the “failure of the United States’ policy in the Middle East”.

“[We] appreciate Russian President Vladimir Putin’s position regarding the ongoing Zionist aggression against our people and his rejection of the Gaza siege, the cutting of relief supplies, and the targeting of safe civilians there,” Hamas said in a statement on October 15.

Russia’s relationship with Palestine, Israel

Russia’s current ties with Israel and Hamas are predated by decades of Soviet relations.

Soviet leader Joseph Stalin welcomed the establishment of Israel in 1948, hoping it would become a pro-Moscow socialist nation.

But after Israel aligned itself with the West, Soviets began forging ties with Palestinian leaders – and trained hundreds of fighters in KGB schools.

Thousands more Palestinians studied in universities all over the USSR, from Tallinn to Tashkent – and one of them was Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

He wrote a PhD dissertation titled “Hidden Face: a connection between Zionism and Nazism” in Moscow in 1982 under Yevgeny Primakov, an Arabist and then director of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the USSR Academy of Sciences.  Primakov, a spy, would go on to become post-Soviet Russia’s foreign minister and then prime minister in the 1990s.

In 1967, the Kremlin called Israel a “Zionist warmonger” and severed diplomatic ties over the Arab-Israeli war.

But after millions of post-Soviet Jews moved to Israel, Israel began forging closer ties with Moscow.

According to Chatham House experts Nikolay Kozhanov and James Nixey, it is “likely that the Hamas–Israel war means the end of Russia’s decades-long policy of balancing between different players in the Middle East”.

In a recent article, they wrote that given Russia’s welcome of a Hamas delegation in Moscow in October, its refusal to condemn the initial Hamas attack, and its close alliance with Iran, “Tel Aviv no longer considers Russia an ally and would probably reject it as a mediator.” SOURCE: AL JAZEERA

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Gaza has become a ‘graveyard’ for children amid Israeli attacks: UN

An average of 420 Palestinian children have been killed or injured every day in the Gaza Strip since October 7.

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Medics treat three wounded Palestinian children at Al-Aqsa Hospital following an Israeli air attack, in Deir el-Balah in the central Gaza Strip on October 24 [Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto via Getty Images]

The Gaza Strip is now a graveyard for thousands of children, the United Nations has said, as it warned of the prospect of more dying of dehydration amid Israel’s war on the besieged enclave.

The Israeli army has widened its air and ground attacks on Gaza – including houses and hospitals – which has been under relentless air raids since the surprise offensive by the Palestinian group Hamas on October 7 that killed 1,400 people in Israel, according to Israeli officials.

More than 8,500 Palestinians, mostly children and women, have been killed, Gaza’s health ministry said.

“Our gravest fears about the reported numbers of children killed becoming dozens, then hundreds, and ultimately thousands were realised in just a fortnight,” James Elder, a spokesperson for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), said in a statement on Tuesday.

“The numbers are appalling; reportedly more than 3,450 children killed; staggeringly this rises significantly every day.”

“Gaza has become a graveyard for thousands of children. It’s a living hell for everyone else.”

Catherine Russell, the executive director of UNICEF, also said that at least 6,300 children have been injured due to the Israeli attacks.

This means that on average, 420 Palestinian children are killed or injured every day in the Gaza Strip,

she explained.

“These numbers should shock and shake us to the core,” Russell said.

The body called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire, with all access crossings into the Gaza Strip opened for the safe, sustained and unimpeded access of humanitarian aid, including water, food, medical supplies, and fuel.

“And if there is no ceasefire, no water, no medicine, and no release of abducted children? Then we hurtle towards even greater horrors afflicting innocent children,” said Elder.

The spokesman said that according to figures from health faculties in Gaza, some 940 children were missing.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) spokesman Jens Laerke added: “It’s almost unbearable to think about children buried under rubble, but [with] very little opportunity or possibility

for getting them out.”

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Threats beyond bombs

An Israeli blockade of the Strip has also cut Gaza off from fuel, electricity and water supplies, and reduced aid deliveries to a small trickle unable to satisfy the needs of the 2.3 million Palestinians there.

Elder said the threats to children “go beyond bombs”, stressing that water and trauma are among other threats faced in the besieged Palestinian enclave.

He warned that more than one million children in Gaza face a critical water crisis as Gaza’s daily water output is at five percent of its production capacity.

“So, child deaths to dehydration, particularly infant deaths to dehydration, are a growing threat,” he said.

On trauma, the spokesperson said: “When finally the fighting stops, the cost to children and their communities are going to be borne out for generations to come.”

Elder stressed that before the current conflict began, more than 800,000 children in Gaza – three-quarters of its entire child population – were identified as in need of mental health and psychological support.

At least 100 Palestinians killed after Israeli attack on Jabalia camp in northern Gaza

Philippe Lazzarini, the commissioner-general for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), said that almost 70 percent of Palestinians killed in the Gaza Strip during the past three weeks were children and women.

The number of children killed in Gaza since October 7 has surpassed the number of children killed annually across the world’s conflict zones since 2019, he said.

“This cannot be ‘collateral damage,'” he said on Monday evening, adding that there is no safe place in the blockaded territory due to the heavy Israeli bombardment.

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UN Child Rights Committee condemns killing of children in Gaza Strip

01 November 2023

UN Child Rights Committee condemns killing of children in Gaza Strip | OHCHR

GENEVA (1 November 2023) – Grave human rights violations against children are mounting by the minute in the Gaza Strip, and there are no winners in a war where thousands of children are killed. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child issued the following statement today, expressing outrage at the profound suffering of children:

“The Committee on the Rights of the Child strongly condemns the escalation of attacks by Israel against civilian targets in the Gaza Strip, which had resulted in the deaths of more than 3,500 children since 7 October 2023. We also remain deeply concerned about children who continue to be held as hostages.

Armed conflict harms children first and foremost and has lifelong effects on their physical and mental health, their development and ultimately the enjoyment of all their rights. Children are also harmed when they survive but lose parents and other family members and friends and witness catastrophic events.

Despite the protection that should be provided to all children by international law, during the first month of this war, there have been devastating reports of acts that are forbidden by international humanitarian law, including maiming, injury, abduction, forcible displacement, deprivation of medical care, food, and water. According to article 38 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, States have an obligation to respect and ensure respect for the rules of international humanitarian law, and to take all feasible measures to ensure the protection and care of children affected by armed conflict.

The Committee calls for an end to the devastating harm being wreaked on children’s lives in the occupied Palestinian Territory. We add our voice to those calling for an immediate ceasefire. We urge the immediate release of child hostages, with their caregivers, as a first urgent phase towards the release of all hostages. We call on all parties to protect all children and provide all the necessary medical and protective support, including psychological support, to begin the long process of overcoming the consequences of these grave violations. We plead that all humanitarian convoys be permitted to enter the Gaza Strip and provide humanitarian aid to all children in need, as required by international law.

The ceasefire should be the beginning of discussions aimed at establishing a just and lasting peace in the region so that all children can fully enjoy all their rights and the conditions for their development that respond to their intrinsic dignity as human beings.”

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Israel’s ‘war against Gaza’s children’ explained

More than 100 children have been killed every day since Israel started bombing the besieged Palestinian enclave on October 7.

Palestinian children sit amid the rubble as others inspect a building destroyed in Israeli raids in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip

Palestinian children sit amid rubble as others search a building destroyed by Israeli air raids in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip [Mohammed Salem/Reuters] 

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/10/19/israels-war-against-gazas-children-explained 

One child is killed every 15 minutes in the Israeli bombings of Gaza, according to a Palestinian NGO, highlighting the toll the current war has exacted on children.

More than 100 children have been killed every day since Israel started bombing the besieged Palestinian enclave on October 7 in the wake of the deadly Hamas attack. More than 3,400 Palestinians have been killed in the deadliest Israeli assault in decades.

“We are witnessing a genocide in real time,” a spokesperson for The Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCIP) said.

At least 14 children were reportedly also among the 1,400 Israeli victims of the October 7 Hamas attack. About 200 people taken captive by Hamas also include children. Israel has not released data on the demographics of all of those killed in that attack.

Aren’t children legally protected in wars?

Yes, they’re meant to be. Internationally accepted rules of armed conflict were passed under the Geneva Conventions in 1949, which state children must be protected and treated humanely.

Israel ratified the conventions in 1951, just a few years after one and a half million Jewish children were killed in Europe during the Holocaust. But Israel does not recognise the 4th Geneva convention, which protects civilians fighting an occupation, as it as it doesn’t consider Palestine to be occupied land.

The disproportionate use of military might in Gaza is being billed by Israel as a legitimate means to destroy Hamas. And so civilian deaths tallied up in the attacks, including children, do not qualify as war crimes, Israel claims

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A third of people killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza are children [Al Jazeera]

What effect is the war having on children?

Parents, like Esra Abu Ghazzah, try to find ways to calm their children from the bombings and destruction around them. The 30-year-old mother told Al Jazeera her children, aged eight and two, have started to vomit after air strikes, and are also wetting the bed. Both are responses to heightened fear.

The Abu Ghazzah children are part of the 95 percent of Palestinian children in Gaza who are living with the psychological effects of war.

A research paper written by Palestinian psychologist Dr Iman Farajallah found that children who survive wars do not emerge unscathed and can pay a high price psychologically, emotionally and behaviourally.

Some children display restlessness, regression or violent behaviour.

For Samah Jabr, a 35-year-old mother of four in Gaza City, her eldest son, Qusay, who is 13, is her main worry. She told Al Jazeera: “He is very agitated and lashes out a lot these days. He jumps at any sound,” she said. “He can’t bear anyone speaking loudly, even if they’re joking. I try to tell him that this war will end.”

Others may not want to leave their mothers’ sight, explains Farajallah. “They won’t even leave the room to go to the bathroom or kitchen without their mothers, and I’m talking about teenagers here.”

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A 17-year-old witnessing the current war would have already lived through five wars since 2008 [Al Jazeera] (Al Jazeera)

How have schools been affected?

With the latest campaign of relentless bombing, education has once again been put on hold, as schools turn into makeshift shelters and survival becomes the only lesson.

The United Nations is now sheltering about 400,000 displaced Gazans in its schools and other facilities, but the UN’s agency for Palestinian refugees, the UNRWA, which runs 278 schools in Gaza, has said at least four schools have suffered damage from Israeli bombing in which at least six people have been killed.

The Education Above All (EAA) Foundation, which provides scholarships for Palestinians in need at its al-Fakhoora school in Gaza, was destroyed on Tuesday. The EAA released a statement saying that “collective punishment, reprisals, and attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure are serious violations of international humanitarian law, and if deliberate they are war crimes”.

How is the lack of food and water affecting children?

Israel’s total blockade on Gaza has meant no food or water can enter the territory, but Israeli authorities have said they resumed water supplies to southern Gaza on Tuesday. Palestinians have said without electricity to operate the water pumps, the water crisis continues.

With food and water rapidly running out, Gazans are prioritising whatever little water supplies they have for their children.

Children are more at risk of dehydration, and malnourishment can further speed up the effects of having no water.

A Jerusalem-based nutritionist with the World Food Programme (WFP) also told Al Jazeera that poor water sanitation can lead to children facing high risks of diarrhoeal diseases, which are the most common cause of dehydration and the globally leading cause of child mortality for under-fives.

A lack of food at best affects cognitive function and energy levels, and at worst can lead to starvation and death.

What are the long-term consequences?

For those who don’t die in this war, they will have to learn how to survive without the rest of their family members, explained Ghassan Abu-Sitta, a British Palestinian surgeon working with Medical Aid for Palestinians in Gaza. He has called this war “a war against children”.

“The repercussions of this war will not only affect the victims we have lost, some of which are still trapped under the rubble of their homes … but the psychological impact on us civilians and our children will be catastrophic,” Mohammad Abu Rukbeh, senior Gaza field researcher at DCIP, said in a statement on Tuesday.

Is a ceasefire possible soon?

As the bombardment continues, and borders stay sealed, international aid organisations including Save the Children have called for an immediate ceasefire.

UNICEF’s statement read: “An immediate ceasefire and humanitarian access are the top priorities to allow much-needed aid to children and families in Gaza.

“A child is a child. Children everywhere must be protected at all times and must never come under attack.”

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA AND NEWS AGENCIES

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