GAZA AND ISRAEL CRISIS
UNICEF continues to call for an immediate ceasefire and unimpeded humanitarian access in Gaza, along with the safe release of all abducted children.
Over 5000 children have been killed and thousands more injured in the Gaza strip. The bombing of homes, shelters and hospitals have resulted in hundreds of children being killed and injured each day. UNICEF is working closely with partners to rush emergency humanitarian aid to children caught in conflict in Gaza.
Following the deadly attacks on Israel on October 7th, UNICEF continues to call for the safe release of children being held hostage in Gaza so that they may be reunited with their families and loved ones. Thirty-five Israeli children have reportedly been killed, while more than 30 are being held hostage in Gaza.
The killing, maiming and abduction of children are grave violations of International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law, and UNICEF calls on all parties not to target children.
The rights of every single child, no matter who or where they are, must be protected. UNICEF calls for an immediate ceasefire, and for all parties to unconditionally protect children from harm.
HUMANITARIAN SITUATION IN GAZA
Children and families in the Gaza Strip have practically run out of food, water, electricity, medicine and safe access to hospitals, following weeks of hostilities and a limited flow of supplies.
Before the renewed violence, the region was already facing a complex and challenging humanitarian situation with 1.5 million children in need of humanitarian aid in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank – accounting for approximately half the child population.
HOW IS UNICEF RESPONDING TO THE CRISIS IN GAZA?
Despite the extreme security situation, UNICEF is in the Gaza Strip, working with partners to provide children and families with urgent, humanitarian support, including:
- Safe water;
- Essential medical supplies;
- Hygiene kits;
- Nutritional supplements;
- Mental health and psychosocial support;
- Recreational activities for children; and
- Humanitarian cash transfers.
UNICEF deliveries of life-saving supplies for children have entered Gaza, and additional emergency supplies are prepositioned at the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, with more enroute.
WHAT IS UNICEF DOING FOR ISRAELI CHILDREN?
UNICEF continues to call for the safe release of Israeli children being held hostage in Gaza so that they may be reunited with their families and loved ones. On November 16th, UNICEF’s Deputy Executive Director, Humanitarian Action and Supply Operations Ted Chaiban travelled to Israel and met with families of the Israeli children held hostage. He reiterated UNICEF's unwavering commitment to bringing the children home.
In high-income countries such as Israel, governments generally have the capacity to respond to emergencies. In extraordinary circumstances, upon request from the Government, UNICEF may consider extending support, such as psychosocial support for children.
UNICEF Israel is one of UNICEF’s 33 National Committees, like UNICEF Canada. It was established in 2009 and works to raise awareness of children’s rights in Israel and to raise funds for UNICEF’s life-saving work across the world.