UN: Nearly 300 children killed in Gaza

Jerusalem - At least 296 Palestinian children and adolescents have been killed since Israel launched its offensive in the Gaza Strip against Hamas on 8 July, the UN said on Saturday.

"Children make up for 30% of the civilian casualties," said the UN children's agency UNICEF, adding that the toll was based on deaths which it was able to verify and was likely to rise.

"The number of child casualties during the last 48 hours may rise as a number of incidents are pending verification," it said in a statement.

UNICEF stressed that its figures are "cross-checked to the best extent possible in the current situation... subject to change based on further verifications".

"Between 8 July and 2 August 2014 [up until 11:00], at least 296 Palestinian children were reported killed as a result of airstrikes and shelling by Israel aerial, naval and ground forces," it said.

The toll breaks down to 187 boys and 109 girls, with at least 203 of them under the age of 12.

More than 1 650 Palestinians in the Gaza enclave have been killed since Israel launched Operation Protective Edge last month, aimed at halting militant rocket fire.

Most of those killed have been civilians, and more than 8 900 have been wounded.

Israel has itself lost 63 soldiers, while two civilians and a Thai worker have been killed inside the Jewish state.

It blames Hamas for the Gaza deaths, accusing the Islamist movement of using civilians as human shields.

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Noor Bhai 2014/08/02 06:54:51 PM
2 August 2014 The Jewish Voices for a Just Peace (JVJP) will hold a protest against the Israeli rally taking place in Johannesburg tomorrow (Sunday, 03 August) which we view as a celebration of death and destruction. The rally in support of the Israeli attacks on Gaza which has been organised by the South African Zionist Federation (SAZF) and supported by the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) is advertised as a picnic and rally in support of Israel. We are proud Jews with a conscience who stand against this celebration of the war on Palestinian civilians in Gaza, and we will not be silent in the face of such a morally abhorrent event. In light of this, "Jewish Voices for a Just Peace" will be holding a demonstration against the Israeli rally under the following details: Date: Sunday 3 August 2014 Time: 1:30 PM Venue: Outside Huddle Park, Club Street, Linksfield, Johannesburg Media is invited to attend and report We also reject the elitist move by the organisers of the Israel rally to make the event “right of admission reserved” and demand people produce their ID books on arrival. These unprecedented measures for a public rally are further proof of Israel and its supporters paranoia and scare tactics. We hope for a long lasting ceasefire and an end to this violence. More than that, though, we hope for a long-term peace in Israel and Palestine, a peace that can only be achieved through compassion, justice and redress, genuine negotiation and dialogue. For more information and media queries Jessica Sherman – 084 485 6704 Rina King – 082 854 5692 Jewish Voices for a Just Peace (JVJP) is a group of Johannesburg Jews who wish to add our voices to the growing group of Jewish people who dare to disagree with the current blind support for Israeli violence against a civilian population.
Jojo Balela 2014/08/02 07:01:45 PM
that does not mean that enough has been done to avenge the 3 Israeli teens that were kidnapped! Israel will only stop when all non Jews in the world are dead... that will teach them to kidnap Israeli teens!
Duncan Goldsmith 2014/08/02 07:06:03 PM
And how many kids being killed in Syria??? Nothing being said by the UN or other countries condemning Israel...
Enig Ma 2014/08/02 07:15:03 PM
Regardless of whose cause one support, this must be condemned. Add the children maimed and disabled. What will become of them once the lunatics on both sides are satisfied? I have seen plenty of children handicapped by landmines etc in Africa. There is little support for these poor children, and little hope for their futures. It will be the same in Gaza, its an impoverished piece of land. This war is a crime against humanity. Forget your hate for Hamas, Islam or whoever, think clearly, and you cannot but realise this is wrong. Stop julle kuk Israel. Genoeg is genoeg!!!!!!
alan32 2014/08/02 07:27:02 PM
Noor. Why are you insistent of creating trouble? If you are adement of putting your point across, march to PARLIAMENT. This event and the trouble you will create is a shameful of sign anti semis equal to Paris, London etc etc. Noor call your march what's it is
Kirsty Prinsloo 2014/08/02 07:28:42 PM
How sad that innocent children die over their parents choices.
Jojo Balela 2014/08/02 07:35:11 PM
Israel is now using their white phosphorous chemical weapons in Gaza, and it's about time! time to attack these Muslims on a genetic level. the pics of this on the net are awesome!
alan32 2014/08/02 07:35:27 PM
Jojo. 1. The teans were killed because they were Jewish. 2. The meaning of Jihad is killing everyone who is no Muslim. 3. If the Jews wanted to kill everyone, why did they wait such a long time and when are the Jews killing the Zulu?
Jojo Balela 2014/08/02 07:36:44 PM
Israel is now using their white phosphorous chemical weapons in Gaza, and it's about time! time to attack these Muslims on a genetic level. the pics of this on the net are awesome!
alan32 2014/08/02 07:40:10 PM
I agree it sad