UNICEF delivers urgently needed health supplies for 70,000 people in Gaza

PNN/ Jerusalem/ 

 UNICEF and partners have delivered two truck-loads of urgently needed medical supplies to the Gaza Strip – enough to meet the needs of an estimated 70,000 people. The drugs and medical equipment include antibiotics, saline solution and syringes for the treatment of injuries.

Since 30 March, over 1,000 children were injured in violence in the Gaza Strip. Many of these injuries are severe and potentially life-altering, including amputations.

Recent violence has exacerbated the already weak health system in the Gaza Strip which is crumbling because of severe power cuts and shortages of fuel, medicine and equipment. Medical facilities are buckling under the strain of additional casualties wounded in the recent violence, many with complex and life-threatening injuries.

The intensifying violence has worsened the plight of children whose lives have already been unbearably difficult for many years.

Statement by UNICEF said “Children should be protected, not targeted, used in violence or put in risky situations.”

As tensions rise across the State of Palestine, UNICEF called on all actors to put in place specific measures to keep children out of harm’s way and avoid child casualties.

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone