The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) announced that estimates show that 17,000 Palestinian children in Gaza have lost their parents or been separated from their families.
Jonathan Craix, UNICEF's communications director in the Palestinian territories, said during his weekly press conference on Friday that estimates show 17,000 children in the Gaza Strip are without their parents or separated from their families.
As Israel continues its war on the Gaza Strip, more than 27,000 people have died as a result of its attacks, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.
“Parents of children in the Gaza Strip have either been killed, injured, or forced to move elsewhere,” Jonathan Crakes told reporters in Geneva via video link from Jerusalem.
He said, “The psychological state of Palestinian children has been seriously affected, and they are experiencing high levels of persistent anxiety and symptoms such as loss of appetite. They cannot sleep, and every time they hear an explosion “So they have an emotional or panic attack.”
He added, “These children have nothing to do with this conflict. But they are suffering in a way that no child should be exposed to. No child, regardless of their religion, nationality, language or “No matter what the breed, one should not be exposed to this level.” The violence that we have seen since October 7.” “First” 2023.
He further said, “There are some children whose parents cannot be identified. There are also children who are very young or in a state of shock and are not even able to say their names.”
The two children, ages 4 and 6, are related to each other, Cricks said. He lost his entire family in early December, he said, adding that the 4-year-old child is in a state of complete shock.
In recent months, the war in the Gaza Strip has given rise to a new term, abbreviated “WCNSF”, meaning “a wounded child with no family alive to care for him.”
UNICEF also reported last January that a thousand children in Gaza had lost one or both of their legs since the beginning of Israeli attacks.
The statement said most surgeries on children were performed without anesthesia, and also pointed to the shortage of medical teams and equipment in the Gaza Strip.