At least 870 children are missing in GazaLIKELY among the ruins of the buildings lowered to debrisand its removal tasks are made difficult by the incessant Israeli bombardment of the Strip, the NGO for children’s rights criticized this Tuesday. Save the Children.
There are currently 1,550 people reported missing, including more than 870 minors, and “They are feared to be trapped under the collapsed buildings” due to Israeli airstrikes, said the Government of the Strip, which is controlled by the Islamist group Hamas.
At the same time, he warned that “rescue efforts are seriously hampered by continuous bombing and lack of fuelon which important search and rescue equipment depends”, a problem added “the lack of heavy machinery in Gaza”.
This prevents them from rescuing children and adults who become one of the ruins, where added “decimated infrastructure” or damaged or destroyed roadsplace barriers to movement.
“The missing persons and the number of children separated” from their families “increases”. There are also bodies of children who arrive at the medical center without anyone claiming them or recognizing them, which This means that their relatives died, according to health sources Al Auda Hospital, andn north of the enclave.
The relentless Israeli bombardment has also taken its toll on the rescue workers themselves, with at least 34 killed in the attacks, including one was killed and four others were injured when they were on duty.
“Rescue teams have warned that the interruption of the electricity supply and the lack of fuel will seriously affect their work, preventing them from accessing the injured or recovering bodies from the collapsed houses ,” says Save the Children.
They warn of that too there may be “children still alive and trapped under the rubble” with “serious physical harm” by “crushing, dehydration, or severe mental distress.”
Also, “most of the survivors have serious injuries They cannot receive even basic treatment, because the health system barely works,” criticized the NGO.
In that sense, it reflects that The attacks damaged hospitals and “pulverized ambulancesthe generators ran out of fuel and the lack of medicine, equipment and special personnel meant that “The hospitals that are still open can barely treat the wounded.”
Because of this, “it is unacceptable that there are hundreds of children under the rune” who may be suffering from “extreme pain, dependent, alone and waiting for help,” he pointed out in the note. Jason Lee, national director of Save the Children in the occupied Palestinian territories.
“If there is no fire, if the siege” imposed by Israel is not lifted, “help will not come” for most of the minors, he emphasized.
Totalalmost 5,800 have been killed in Israeli bombardment of Gaza since the war between Israel and Palestinian militias began on October 7, resulting in the total or partial destruction of 50% of the homes in the enclave.
In addition, to those who died there are at least 2,360 childrenrepresenting almost 40% of the deaths.