Child rights committee concerned about impact of Gaza crisis on children

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Girls salvage belongings from the rubble of their home in Gaza Strip. © UNICEF/NYHQ2012-1525/IYAD EL BABA

The recent conflict between Hamas and Israel could have a devastating and lasting impact on the region's children, according to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

While welcoming Wednesday's cease-fire between the two sides, the group of independent experts has expressed concern about the effects of death, injuries and trauma on youngsters.

According to the committee, at least 26 children in Gaza died during the violence and more than 400 were injured, while Hamas shellfire into southern Israel wounded 14 children.

It added that over the past week, thousands of Palestinian and Israeli children had lived with the terror of explosions from rocket attacks or air strikes and shelling.

The committee stated that human rights law, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child, applies at all times, including during armed conflict.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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