Katie & Helen Test - The Escalating Violence in the Gaza Strip and Israel Threatens Devastating Harm for Children, UNICEF Says

NEW YORK (July 10, 2014) – The escalating violence in Gaza and Israel threatens devastating harm for children on all sides, UNICEF said today, urging restraint to protect all children.

Over the last three days, at least 19 Palestinian children have been reported killed in airstrikes on Gaza and many more injured. The coastal enclave is under closure, making it difficult for civilians to flee. In Israel, rocket attacks from Gaza threaten the lives of Israeli children as well.

 

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on Impact of Violence on Children in Gaza and Israel

NEW YORK (July 13, 2014) – Children are bearing the brunt of the worsening violence in Gaza and Israel with at least 33 children killed in Gaza in recent days, and hundreds more injured.

No child should have to suffer the terrifying impact of such violence. 

UNICEF Calls for Protection of Unaccompanied Child Migrants

More than 47,000 unaccompanied children have been apprehended at the southwest border since October, according to U.S. government data, most of them coming from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security estimates that as many as 90,000 children could be stopped at the border by the end of this year, triple the number apprehended in 2013.

Misconceptions Fuel Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

NEW YORK (July 11, 2014) –  As the Ebola-related death toll rises above 500 in West Africa, UNICEF and its partners are expanding their activities across the region to halt the spread of the disease by combating rumors, fears and misconceptions.

“Rumors and denial are fueling the spread of Ebola and putting even more lives at risk,” said Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF’s Regional Director for West and Central Africa. “Some people still deny that the disease is real. Others believe that it doesn’t have to be treated.”

The Escalating Violence in the Gaza Strip and Israel Threatens Devastating Harm for Children, UNICEF Says

Over the last three days, at least 19 Palestinian children have been reported killed in airstrikes on Gaza and many more injured. The coastal enclave is under closure, making it difficult for civilians to flee. In Israel, rocket attacks from Gaza threaten the lives of Israeli children as well.

Both airstrikes and rocket attacks are putting children at risk, leaving them exposed to physical harm and mental distress; many already experienced violence and destruction during previous escalations.

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