Children terrified amid spiraling violence - Gaza

Friday 11 July 2014

10th July 2014 - The spiralling violence in Gaza and southern Israel has to stop now before more innocent children and civilians lose their lives, Save the Children warns.

Salem *, 14 years old, holding shrapnel that destroyed his home in Gaza City. *name has been changed to protect his identity.

Families we talked to on the ground told us how their children are terrified, with no safe places to go to for refuge, as bombs kept falling on Gaza in the Israeli operation.

Children and families in Israel are also living in fear as rockets fall down indiscriminately from Gaza.

“Children are the ones who always, inevitably, bear the worst consequences of any armed conflict," said Save the Children's Co-Country Director in the occupied Palestinian territory, David Hassell.

"The use of explosive weapons in populated areas kills children and destroys vital infrastructure. International law is clear that indiscriminate attacks are prohibited. Israeli and Palestinian children have the right to be freed of the fear of living constantly under fire.”

Save the Children is concerned that essential supplies of food, medicine and fuel are running out in the blockaded enclave, which already in "normal times" over the last seven years has witnessed peaks of scarcity affecting the entire population.

"The solution to this conflict is only diplomatic," David Hassell said. "Save the Children calls on all parties to stop the violence, re-establish a ceasefire and agree to long-term measures that would allow innocent civilians on both sides to live without the fear for survival that has been dominating their lives for far too long."

Save the Children is on the ground in Gaza. To arrange interviews or for further information, please contact: Osama Y. Damo in Gaza +972 (0)59 7911 086,