UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa stated that the escalating violence in Gaza is exacerbating child suffering.
According to UNICEF, five children were killed and hundreds injured during peaceful protests along the Israeli border. In addition, many children exhibit signs of distress and trauma. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, ordered the Israeli Security Forces to stop the use of "lethal force against unarmed demonstrators."
In addition, electricity cuts and fuel shortages in Gaza have further deepened concerns – as nine out of 10 families do not have access to potable water.
The protests, named the Great March of Return, commenced on March 30th as a peaceful call for Israel to return lands seized in 1948. See more here.