GAZA STRIP (Dispatches) – A senior spokesperson for the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) announced that children are suffering the most amid the recent flare-up of violence by the Zionist regime against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
“It’s a terrifying situation,” Juliette Touma, UNICEF Chief of Communications for the Middle East and North Africa, told RT.
Touma called on all sides to stop fighting.
“Violence will not bring a solution. Violence will only bring more violence. It means children will suffer first, and they will suffer the most,” she said.
The spokesperson noted that more than 30 schools were damaged in Gaza and three in the occupied territories. UNICEF is working on the ground to deliver medical supplies in the Palestinian Arab enclave, as many locals have found shelter in UN-run educational facilities.
“Right now, when it comes to Gaza – no place is safe for children,” Touma added, stressing that minors “need to be protected at all times.”
Rights Group Slams
A Palestinian platform designed to protect online content shared by Palestinians has criticized the Zionist regime’s attempt to “impose its hegemony on social media platforms” and censor content about the regime’s ethnic cleansing of al-Quds’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood as well as its war crimes committed in the Gaza Strip.
A statement from Sada Social followed a meeting last week between the regime’s war minister, Benny Gantz, and executives from Facebook and TikTok where he asked them to remove anti-Zionist content. Sada pointed out that social media users advocating for Palestine and its people have since reported many violations of their digital rights.
“This includes the closure of accounts on Twitter or Instagram,” explained director Eyad Rifai, “or the blocking of features on Instagram, such as streaming live videos, or restricting access to content related to Sheikh Jarrah, Gaza or Jerusalem (al-Quds).”
According to Sada Social, the most prominent violation was the closure of Quds News Network’s TikTok account on Saturday.
The group called on social media administrators to stand “at the same distance” from all users without discrimination or prejudice to one party at the expense of the other. It also appealed to civil society organizations to shoulder their responsibilities for defending Palestinians’ digital rights.