Children affected by military operations in Gaza, health services collapse

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Aid workers are calling for an end to indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks targeting civilians in the Gaza Strip in the occupied Palestinian territory.

The UN humanitarian agency OCHA has expressed concern about the humanitarian situation in Gaza following the launch of military operations by Israel on 7 July.

Israel says the intervention is needed to prevent Palestinian rockets from being fired at its territory.

The people in Gaza are reportedly gripped by fear, streets are empty and shops closed.

OCHA says over 600 children require urgent, specialized psychological support to be able to cope with the situation.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization has appealed for urgent funds to prevent the collapse of health services in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).

The Palestinian Ministry of Health has reported that they are unable to maintain adequate medicine stocks due to chronic outstanding debts.

By the end of June, Ministry central drug stores reported that 27% of essential medicine items were at zero stock in the West Bank and at 28% in the Gaza Strip.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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