Children worst hit by Gaza conflict

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Child from Gaza traumatized by war.

The conflict in Gaza and Israel is having a psycho-social effect on children, says UNICEF, the UN Children's Fund.

UNICEF Spokesperson Marixie Mercado reports that the children are surrounded by images of death and destruction, with constant funerals taking place amid chaos and panic.

They are unable to sleep and are afraid to go out in public, says the UNICEF Spokesperson, and experience nightmares and bedwetting.

"For children, the sounds of war at night are all the more terrifying. In Israel, the children are terrified of air raid sirens and being forced to run into bomb shelters several times a day. Many children and families in southern Israel have sought shelter in other parts of the country. In Gaza, which has been under closure since 2007, it is nearly impossible for ordinary civilians to flee outside the territory to safety."

While most UNICEF activities are suspended due to insecurity, five UNICEF-supported emergency psycho-social teams are visiting children and families affected by the violence in their homes or at hospitals whenever conditions permit.

Charles Appel, United Nations.

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