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UNICEF tells UN Security Council Gaza is the most dangerous place in the world, danger of Hamas-Israel war

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has said that the Gaza Strip is “the most dangerous place to have a childhood”. UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell told the UN Security Council on Wednesday that more than 5,300 Palestinian children have been killed by Hamas since its October 7 attack on Israel. According to Reuters report, the terrorist group has so far killed 1,200 Israelis and taken many hostages, most of them civilians.

Israel focused its retaliation against Hamas in Gaza, a region with a population of 2.3 million people.

Russell said the “real cost” of the latest war between Palestine and Israel “will be measured in children”. UNICEF’s executive director said costs would rise “exponentially” if the fighting was not ended immediately.

“The true cost of this latest war in Palestine and Israel will be measured in the lives of children – those killed in the violence and those forever changed by it. Without an end to the fighting and without full humanitarian access, the costs will continue to rise exponentially ” Russell, who visited Gaza last week, said at a council briefing on women and children.

Gaza has been subjected to airstrikes by Israel, faces a blockade, and has seen incursions by troops and tanks.

According to Reuters, Russell said, “The Gaza Strip is the most dangerous place in the world for children”, adding that the effects of violence on children in Gaza have been “devastating, indiscriminate and disproportionate”.

On Wednesday, Israel agreed to a four-day ceasefire with Hamas in exchange for humanitarian aid and the release of at least 50 hostages held by militants in exchange for at least 150 Palestinians held in Israeli jails.

Meanwhile, UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous told the Security Council that “Women in Gaza tell us that they pray for peace but that if peace does not come, they will sleep, with their children in their arms.” Praying for an early death.” , This should shame all of us that any mother anywhere should pray like this.”

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Gilad Erdan, Israel’s representative to the United Nations, accused Hamas of exploiting children in Gaza for a long time. He reiterated long-standing criticisms of the United Nations, accusing it of bias against Israel. Erdan stressed Israel’s commitment to vigorously pursue its objectives after the ceasefire ends. They emphasized the goal of eliminating Hamas’s terrorist capabilities and ensuring their inability to rule Gaza, thereby protecting the well-being of both Israeli citizens and Gaza’s women and children.

“As soon as the pause ends, make no mistake, we will continue to strive toward our goals with all our might,” Erdan said, according to Reuters. “We will not stop until we eliminate all of Hamas’s terrorist capabilities and ensure they can no longer rule Gaza and threaten both Israeli civilians and the women and children of Gaza. “

Meanwhile, Hamas has denied allegations of operating from locations such as Gaza hospitals and using civilians as human shields.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called the ceasefire a positive step but stressed the need for further action to ease suffering.

The head of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) informed the Security Council that approximately 5,500 pregnant women are expected to give birth in Gaza in the coming month. UNFPA Executive Director Natalia Kanem expressed concern about the challenging conditions under which approximately 180 women give birth every day, leaving the future of their newborns uncertain.

Additionally, he highlighted the plight of approximately 7,000 women who gave birth in the last 47 days, who lacked access to essential care, water, sanitation and nutrition.

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