Israel has killed nearly 300 children in Gaza: UN

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Medics give assistance to a wounded Palestinian girl upon her arrival at the hospital in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip on August 2, 2014 after an Israeli attack. (Photo: AFP - Said Khatib)

Published Saturday, August 2, 2014

At least 296 Palestinian children and adolescents have been killed since Israel launched its terror campaign against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on July 8, the UN said on Saturday.

"Children make up for 30 percent of the civilian casualties," said the UN children's agency UNICEF, adding that the toll was based on deaths which it was able to verify and was likely to rise.

"The number of child casualties during the last 48 hours may rise as a number of incidents are pending verification," it said in a statement.

UNICEF stressed that its figures are "cross-checked to the best extent possible in the current situation... subject to change based on further verification."

"Between 8 July and 2 August 2014 (up until 11:00), at least 296 Palestinian children were reported killed as a result of airstrikes and shelling by Israel aerial, naval and ground forces," it said.

The toll breaks down to 187 boys and 109 girls, with at least 203 of them under the age of 12.

More than 1,650 Palestinians in the Gaza enclave have been killed since Israel launched its US-backed assault last month.

The vast majority of those killed have been civilians, and more than 8,900 have been wounded.

Israel has lost 63 occupation soldiers, while two civilians and a Thai worker have been killed.

(AFP, Al-Akhbar)

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