Four boys of the Bakr family were killed by a missile strike during last year’s incursion. Their surviving family members are still scarred from the attack.
More than anyone, children bear the brunt of regular Israeli military assaults on the Gaza Strip. During the 51-day war in the summer of 2014, 551 children were killed and 3,436 were injured. But these gruesome figures say little about the psychological state of the nearly 800,000 children who have survived the periodic bombing campaigns. After the final cease-fire that ended Israel’s Operation Protective Edge on August 26 of last year, UNICEF estimated that at least 425,000 Palestinian children in the besieged Gaza Strip require “immediate psychosocial and child protection support.”
[ The physical wounds of Gaza children might have healed, but they live with enduring psychological trauma ]
- First, they erased Palestinian homes from the grounds. Then they erased Palestine citizens from their existence. Now they are using internet to erase them from our sight. What a pathetic breed Zionists are, this isn't even murder. Its GENOCIDE!
Keep your distance from the upcoming Wonder Woman movie. She is played by Gal Gadot, an Israeli who served in the military and supports the genocide of Palestinians.
During Israel’s last major attack on Gaza in 2014, she said: “I am sending my love and prayers to my fellow Israeli citizens, especially to all the boys and girls who are risking their lives protecting my country…”
A year has passed since the
beginning of the assault on Gaza. In 51 days, over 2,200 Palestinians lost
their lives and 11,200 were left injured. “Operation Protective Edge” was one
of the most deadly attacks on Gaza and reduced entire neighbourhoods of the
Strip to rubble. Today, the media spotlight has moved on, but Palestinian
families are still living among the rubble of their destroyed houses, with
little food, no electricity and no running water.
1. Thousands of people are still homeless
100,000 people whose houses were destroyed
during the conflict are still without homes
Less than 1% of the construction materials
required to rebuild houses has entered Gaza and at this rate, it will take
decades to rebuild.
2. The children of Gaza are paying the highest
More than 1,500 children lost one or both
1,000 out of the 3,000 children injured in the
Gaza assault have life-long disabilities.
The vast majority of children suffer from severe
emotional distress and trauma – the UN estimates that 373,000 children need
3. The health sector has been left
73 hospitals & healthcare facilities were
damaged or destroyed during the assault.
16 healthcare workers were killed, 83 ambulance
drivers and volunteers were injured.
The total cost of the conflict to Gaza’s health care
system is estimated at $50 million.
Medicines are at zero stock levels.
The destruction of Al-Wafa hospital has left
Gaza with no rehabilitation centre and 1,000 disabled children without care.
4. Food insecurity is a major issue
Food insecurity was at 57% before the conflict.
It now affects 73% of the population.
An estimated 80% of the population relies on
humanitarian aid, mainly food assistance.
10% of children under 5 in Gaza suffer from
stunting or malnutrition.
5. Access to clean water is extremely
the water is unfit for human consumption.
the money to buy bottled water, families often don’t drink for long periods.
beginning of 2014, only a quarter of Gazan households had access to running
water every day, and only for a few hours at a time. The assault only made the
situation worse, due to the severe damage to infrastructure.
6. Constant shortages of electricity
power plant was destroyed during last year’s assault and is now running at half
capacity due to shortages in fuel with critical public service installations
facing power cuts up to 18 hours per day.
deficit increased by almost 20%, reaching about 65%.
water supply and sewage systems
shortages, along with restrictions on the import of construction material,
pumps and spare parts, have left Gaza’s water supply and sewage systems completely
Up to 90 million litres of partially-treated
sewage are being discharged into the Mediterranean Sea on a daily basis.
Experts deem Gaza’s current waste disposal
operations unhealthy, causing a serious threat to public health.
8. Unemployment is at its highest
unemployment rate is 43% overall and youth unemployment rate is 67%, one of the
highest in the world.
people employed in the agriculture and fishery sector have been affected
A destroyed economy
hectares of cropland, including agricultural infrastructure
(i.e., greenhouses, irrigation systems, livestock shelters, and fishing
boats) were destroyed during the attack.
963 enterprises in
the manufacturing sector were hit during the assault.
The 8 years
blockade has completely destroyed the economy, having put severe restrictions
in place preventing goods from leaving Gaza.
Academic achievement is dropping
education facilities sustained damage or were destroyed during the assault.
children have weakness in memory and decreased concentration. They absorb less
material, lack a desire to learn and also lack proper conditions to study.
students struggle to cope with the loss of their peers and the lack of
opportunities after graduation.
Today Ireland At the Israeli embassy , marking the first anniversary of last summer’s Israeli bombing of Gaza, which killed over 2,200 Palestinians including 551 children, and injured 11,000. 7 July 2014
Muslims in Gaza are creating a beautiful atmosphere for Ramadan, regardless of the difficult situation they’re in. They still find a way to make the most out of this month, decorating the streets and spending time with their friends and families.