THE death of a four-year-old Israeli child in a rocket attack late last week, and the reported deaths of two Palestinian children in Gaza in an airstrike over the weekend, add to those of 478 other Palestinian children killed in attacks in Gaza over the past month.
The deaths of children on all sides constitute further tragic evidence of the terrible impact the conflict is having on children and their families on all sides.
Children are bearing the brunt of a conflict that is not of their making.
The fighting is inflicting terrible suffering on children and having a devastating impact on the infrastructure upon which they rely for their health, education, protection and wellbeing.
UNICEF has once again called on all parties to the conflict to protect civilians, especially children, as required by international law and to recommit to a ceasefire so that no further lives are lost and humanitarian agencies can expand their essential work in Gaza.
Source: UNICEF Australia