RAMALLAH (Dispatches) – The Zionist regime’s army has detained 880 Palestinian children since the start of this year, a local nongovernmental organization said Monday.
“More than 200 children are still in custody, including 26 held under Israel’s policy of administrative detention” without charge or trial, the Palestinian Prisoners Society said in a statement marking World Children’s Day.
According to the statement, some 145 Palestinian children were detained by Zionist troops last month.
The occupying regime has launched relentless air and ground attacks in the Gaza Strip following a cross-border operation by Hamas on Oct. 7.
At least 13,000 Palestinians have been killed, including over 9,000 women and children, and more than 30,000 others injured ever since, according to the latest figures.
The regime has also imposed a crippling blockade on the Palestinian territory, cutting Gaza off from fuel, electricity, and water supplies, and reducing aid deliveries to a small trickle.
‘Shocks of Destruction,
The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in the Middle East and North Africa region said Sunday that “children in the Gaza Strip are exposed to the shocks of continuous destruction, attacks, displacement, and severe shortages of food, water, and medicine.”
On the eve of World Children’s Day, UNICEF called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and sustainable access to aid without obstacles.
The UN agency stressed that children in Gaza are exposed to the shocks of continuous destruction, attacks, displacement, and severe shortage of food, water and medicine.
The world marks World Children’s Day annually on 20 November, which was declared in 1954 as “an occasion to promote international togetherness and awareness among children worldwide and to improve their welfare.”