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UNICEF says inaction on Gaza amounts to ‘approval’ of killing children

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UNICEF has appealed for a lasting ceasefire to be implemented in Gaza, describing inaction as “an approval of the killing of children” after a week-old truce between Israel and Hamas expired on Friday morning.

“Today, those in power have decided that the killing of children would recommence,” UNICEF spokesman James Elder told reporters in Geneva via video-link from the besieged Palestinian enclave.

“The humanitarian situation in Gaza is so perilous that anything other than sustained peace and at-scale emergency aid will mean catastrophe for the children of Gaza,” he said.

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Elder said the “dire” state of health, nutrition, water and sanitation there threatened to trigger “a disaster of unparalleled magnitude for the children of Gaza.”

“Inaction, at is core, is an approval of the killing of children,” he said, calling it “reckless to think more attacks on the people of Gaza will lead to anything other than carnage.”

“It’s deeply unsettling to hear how some have been able to overlook the tragic deaths of these children; and now, today, are seemingly comfortable with the horrors - the attacks - starting again,” he said.

“To accept the sacrifice of the children in Gaza is humanity giving up.”

“This is our last chance before we delve into yet again explaining why another entirely avoidable tragedy was not stopped.”

Elder said that he visited children in Al-Nasser Hospital in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip as hostilities resumed on Friday.

He said that during the truce, “slowly, slowly, glimpses of childhood started to come back” to traumatized and wounded children.
However, as the explosions began, “in an instant... you saw fear return and childhood retreat,” he said.

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