Publish dateTuesday 20 February 2024 - 16:08
Story Code : 286195
The UN warns of a "surge" in the number of children killed in Gaza
The United Nations has warned that alarming food shortages and malnutrition and the spread of infectious diseases could cause an "explosion" in the number of children killed in the Gaza Strip. 
Afghan Voice Agency (AVA) - Monitoring: According to Mehr news agency, citing the trans-regional newspaper Al-Quds al-Arabi, after 20 weeks of Israel's bloody war against Gaza, United Nations agencies announced that food and clean water are very scarce in this besieged area, and almost all children in Gaza suffer from infectious diseases. They take.
In this context, Ted Sheiban, deputy executive director of UNICEF, said that Gaza is on the verge of an explosion in the number of children's deaths, which, of course, can be prevented, but if it happens, this could cause the number of children's deaths to multiply.
According to this report, about 90% of children under 5 years of age in Gaza are suffering from one of the contagious diseases. The report of UNICEF and the World Health Organization and the World Food Program raised this issue and also announced that about 70% of children in Gaza had diarrhea in the last two weeks, which is 23 times the same rate compared to last year.
"Mike Ryan", the head of emergency situations at the World Health Organization, also emphasized that hungry and weak children who are suffering from severe mental shocks are the most likely to get diseases. In addition, sick children, especially children with diarrhea, cannot fully absorb food.
According to United Nations assessments, about 15% of children under the age of 2 in northern Gaza suffer from severe malnutrition and are almost completely deprived of access to humanitarian aid. This figure is about 5% in southern Gaza.
United Nations agencies stated that these statistics were collected last January and it is very likely that the current situation is more dangerous than then.
According to the latest statistics, the number of victims of the Zionist attack on Gaza has reached 29,029 martyrs and 69,028 injured./Mehr News
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