Tue 25 Jun 2024 7:09 pm - Jerusalem Time

UNRWA Commissioner-General: 10 children lose one or two legs in Gaza every day

The Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Philippe Lazzarini, confirmed on Tuesday that ten children lose one or two legs every day in the Gaza Strip.

“Basically, every day we have 10 children who lose one or two legs on average,” Lazzarini said during a press conference held at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. He explained that these numbers do not include children who lost upper limbs.

He explained that it is based on figures issued by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

"Ten children a day means about 2,000 children, after more than 260 days of this brutal war," Lazzarini said.

He continued, "We also know how amputations are carried out in very horrific conditions, sometimes without any kind of anesthesia, and this also applies to children."

Lazzarini spoke about a report published by the non-governmental organization Save the Children, which estimates that “up to 21,000 children are missing” since the beginning of the war in the Gaza Strip, either because they were buried under rubble, captured, buried in unknown graves, or lost contact with their families and relatives. .

Despite the difficulty of collecting and verifying numbers, Save the Children confirmed that at least 17,000 children in the Gaza Strip are unaccompanied by their families, and 4,000 children are missing after being buried under rubble.

Lazzarini warned again that UNRWA's funding would run out after the end of August, stressing that the agency needs $140 million until the end of the year.

Regarding the situation in the West Bank, Lazzarini said, "We are very concerned about the situation in the West Bank, which is facing a silent war."

Lazzarini explained that the West Bank is facing a silent war, and that "the intensity of Israeli military operations in refugee camps in the West Bank has become remarkable."

The UN official pointed out that there has been "a lack of interest in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict for 10 years."


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UNRWA Commissioner-General: 10 children lose one or two legs in Gaza every day