‘Nowhere is safe’ more children killed in Gaza and the West Bank

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
Apr 24, 2024 |

A young Palestinian mourns over the bodies of children killed in Israeli bombing in Rafah [AFP]

At least 24 children have reportedly been killed in three days of violence in Gaza including 21 children killed by airstrikes in Rafah, and at least three children killed in Israeli force raids in a refugee camp in Tulkarm in the West Bank according to Save the Children New Zealand.

A Save the Children New Zealand spokesperson said “the escalating violence comes as civilians in both Gaza and the West Bank are increasingly unprotected, with children killed at a devastating rate across the occupied Palestinian territory. In Gaza, whole families are being wiped out, and a growing number of people, including children, are being left with no surviving family members.

“The attacks in Nur Shams camp in Tulkarm in the occupied West Bank which started on 18 April have left at least 14 Palestinians dead, including at least three children, in the deadliest incident in the governorate in nearly 20 years.”

According to the UN report Israeli forces used anti-tank missiles, armoured bulldozers and live fire, injuring at least 11 Palestinians and destroying buildings.

Several other Palestinians suffered from tear gas inhalation.

Reports include bodies in the streets and houses hit by blasts as Israeli drones flew overhead and armoured vehicles moved through the camp.

Residents reported no electricity, and food running short with no one allowed to enter or leave. According to Palestinian authorities, homes, shops, the electricity grid, and water and sewage networks and infrastructure were destroyed. Medics were reportedly denied access to the wounded by Israeli forces.

Save the Children Country Director in the Palestinian territory Xavier Joubert said “the past few days have been notably deadly in a context already characterised by increasing death and destruction.

“The rate and scale of violence facing children in Gaza is unparalleled. At the same time, the situation in the West Bank is also rapidly deteriorating, with more and more children paying for increasing use of force with their lives. 2023 became the deadliest year on record for Palestinian children in the West Bank in September, with 38 killed by that point. At least 116 Palestinian children in the West Bank have been killed in the six months since.

“There is nowhere safe in Gaza. There was also nowhere safe in Tulkarm in the last few days – people weren’t allowed to leave. The tragic reality is that children and families in parts of the West Bank , instead of being protected, are being cornered by law enforcement operations with nowhere to go.

“Save the Children is calling for stronger efforts to ensure respect and protection of civilians across the occupied Palestinian territory, including their access to medical care, at all times. Homes, schools and hospitals must also be respected and protected.”

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

Chris Lynch is a journalist, videographer and content producer, broadcasting from his independent news and production company in Christchurch, New Zealand. If you have a news tip or are interested in video content, email [email protected]

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