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UNICEF: “Paper Thin” Children Dying in Gaza of Malnutrition and Dehydration

HeadlineMar 27, 2024

The official death toll in Gaza is nearing 32,500 as Israel continues its assault in defiance of a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for a Ramadan ceasefire. On Monday, an Israeli airstrike killed Saher Akram Rayan, a longtime correspondent for the Palestinian news agency Wafa. His son was also killed in the attack. By one count, 136 journalists have been killed so far in Gaza.

On the humanitarian front, UNICEF’s James Elder says the hunger crisis in Gaza is worsening as Palestinian families struggle to find food to eat.

James Elder: “A week ago, I was in Kamal Adwan Hospital, where we’ve had those reports of 20-plus children dying of malnutrition and dehydration. When I was there, I saw a room full of mothers and carers — not always mothers, some mothers have been killed — carers shuddering over children who are paper thin, absolutely paper thin, incubators full of babies who are born prematurely because of the stress on mothers, also malnourished.”

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