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UNICEF Warns of “Explosion in Preventable Child Deaths” in Gaza

HeadlineFeb 20, 2024

The death toll in Gaza since October 7 is nearing 30,000, not counting thousands more who are missing, presumed dead and buried beneath the rubble. Amid worsening hunger, UNICEF is warning the war-torn territory is “poised to witness an explosion in preventable child deaths which would compound the already unbearable level of child deaths.” Israeli forces again opened fire at crowds waiting for humanitarian aid, killing at least one person and wounding many others. This is a displaced Palestinian seeking food aid in Gaza City.

Abdullah Sawaf: “Because we want to eat, we are dying of hunger. Why would someone put themself at risk of dying by coming here? It is in order to feed the children. We are dying of hunger, and there is no food or drink left in Gaza. There is a famine.”

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