James Elder, a spokesperson for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), stated last night that the worst bombing of the war is currently happening in the southern Gaza Strip, leading to devastating losses among children.
In a post on the organization’s account on platform “X,” Elder expressed an urgent plea: “We have one last warning to save the children of Gaza and our collective conscience.”
In an earlier interview with CNN on Sunday, Elder described the dire situation of Palestinian families and children in a Gaza hospital. “There is panic among the people; they don’t know where to go. They are almost in a state of shock,” he said.
Elder further explained the desperate conditions, likening it to a chess game with dire consequences: “People are asked to move from point ‘A’ to point ‘B.’ It’s like a chess game, but it ends with children dying. It’s not a game for them.”
He added, “The world must now realize the magnitude of this situation. We’ve reached 6,000 children killed, and more now. There’s no doubt that some of the children I saw this morning, due to the severity of their wounds, won’t be able to survive the rest of the day.”
The United Nations has issued a warning about the widespread outbreak of intestinal, skin diseases, and Hepatitis in the Gaza Strip. This alarming health crisis comes as Israel reportedly halves the fuel supply designated for humanitarian aid following the end of a humanitarian ceasefire.
Adnan Abu Hasna, the media advisor for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), expressed grave concerns about the surge in intestinal and skin diseases in Gaza, noting that intestinal diseases have quadrupled, and skin diseases have tripled in occurrence. There are also reports of spreading Hepatitis in the region, along with other epidemics like cholera.