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Children of Gaza carrying a heavy burden during the Israel-Hamas conflict

GAA KA CITY AK, Gaza (AP) – Susie Ishcontana hardly speaks or eats. It has been two days since the 7-year-old girl was evacuated from the rubble of her family home amid Israeli airstrikes. He was buried in the rubble for hours as his brothers and sisters died around him.

The children are being seriously injured as a result of the Israeli bombing of Gaza. For some, it’s an injury they’ve seen many times in their short lives.

Israel and Hamas rulers are fighting for the fourth time in 12 years. Israel has repeatedly carried out heavy airstrikes on the densely populated Gaza Strip, promising to halt rocket fire from Hamas into Israel.

According to Gaza health officials, there are at least 63 children among the 217 Palestinians killed in Gaza since the last clash between Israel and Hamas on May 10. Twelve people have been killed by Israeli rockets fired by Hamas, all of them civilians, including a 5-year-old boy.

Israel says it is doing everything possible to prevent civilian casualties, including warning people to evacuate buildings that have been hit. As Hamas fired hundreds of rockets at Israel, most of them anti-missile defenses, the Israeli military struck hundreds of areas of Gaza, home to some 2 million people trapped in the urban fabric.

Social media videos from Gaza show that the grief of the survivors of the families was instantly erased.

“It simply came to our notice then. Where are they? “Four!” One father cried outside the hospital, knowing that all four of his children had been killed. One showed a young boy shouting “Baba” as he ran to the funeral procession, where men were being transported to bury his father.

The Ishkontana family was buried under the rubble of their home on Sunday after mass bombings in central Gaza, which Israel said targeted the Hamas tunnel network. The strikes took place without warning.

Riyadh Ishqonta told the Associated Press how he was buried under rubble for five hours, fastened to a piece of concrete and unable to reach his wife and five children.

“I could hear their voices under the rubble. I heard Dana և ain yen being called. Dad! “Until their voices died down, և then I realized they were dead,” he said, referring to his two children.

After rescuing him and taking him to the hospital, he said that his family and staff hid the truth from him as much as possible. “I learned of their deaths one after another,” he said. Eventually, Susie was taken alive, the second of her three daughters, the eldest, her two sons, and the only survivor.

“Although her physical bruises were limited to seven hours under the rubble, the young girl had a ‘severe injury: concussion,'” said pediatrician uha’s father Al-arro. He said the hospital had not been able to provide him with the psychological treatment he needed because of the ongoing fighting.

“He is deeply depressed,” he said. Only today, he said on Tuesday, did he eat anything after being allowed out of the hospital and seeing his cousins.

When her father spoke to the AP, Susie sat on the bed next to him, silently examining the faces of the people in the room, but seldom coming into contact with her eyes. When asked what he wants to become when he grows up, he turned around. When the father began to respond instead, saying that he wanted to become a doctor, the girl began to sob.

Ishkontana, 42, who recently quit his job as a waiter due to a coronavirus blockade, said Susie was smart, “technologically smart, and loved smartphones and tablets.” “He studies them, he has more experience dealing with them than I do,” he said. He loves to learn, he gathers all his brothers and sisters in a “class” play, taking on the role of their teacher, he said.

The Ishkontans were just one family that was destroyed that day.

The Israeli military says the bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a Hamas tunnel under Gaza City. The warplanes hit Al-Wahda Street, one of the busiest avenues in the city, lined with apartment buildings with shops on the ground floor, bakeries, cafes and electronics stores.

Three buildings collapsed, killing at least three people. A total of 42 people were killed, including 10 children and 16 women.

Israeli military spokesman Lt. Col. Jon Onathan Conricus called the situation “abnormal” and led to his death. He said that the air strikes in one place led to the collapse of the tunnel, thus bringing houses. “And it caused a lot of civilian casualties, which was not the goal.”

He said the military was analyzing what was happening, “trying to reassess” its shells to prevent a recurrence.

He said bombings targeting tunnel networks would be extended to more parts of Gaza, with the military trying to hit tunnels as far as possible instead of under houses.

Israel և Hamas fought such conflicts in 2009, 2012 և 2014, each time wreaking havoc

The Norwegian Refugee Council said that 11 of the children killed so far in this war were undergoing psychological and social programs to help children cope with the trauma, which shows how children are repeatedly victims of violence. Among them was 8-year-old Dana, Susie’s sister.

“This is the fourth time they have been bombed in their homes,” said Hozaifa Yazji, head of the Refugee Council.

Gaza’s parents are desperately trying to calm their terrified children as bombs fall in the rain, telling their children that it is just fireworks or trying to set up a happy front.

He said the violence “will certainly affect the psychology of these children”. “We expect that… the situation will be much worse, ավելի more children will need more support.”

The Refugee Council works with 118 schools in Gaza to reach more than 75,000 students through a better education program. The program prepares teachers to deal with traumatized children և organizes fun exercises to relieve stress. It conducts home inspections to help children.

The Refugee Council works with 118 schools in Gaza to reach more than 75,000 students through a better education program. The program prepares teachers to deal with traumatized children և organizes fun exercises to relieve stress. It conducts home inspections to help children.

Council Secretary General Ian Egeland called for an immediate end to the ceasefire, saying: “Save these children and their families. “Stop bombing them now.”

But he said a longer-term end to the blockade of Gaza, the occupation of Palestinian territory, was necessary “if we were to avoid more injuries and deaths among children.”


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