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UNICEF: 600,000 Children in Gaza Rafah Face Catastrophe

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UNICEF issued a dire warning regarding the situation in Gaza's Rafah, where approximately 600,000 children are facing an imminent "catastrophe." This warning comes amidst Israel's order for evacuation ahead of a potential ground invasion, heightening concerns for the safety and well-being of civilians, particularly children.

The United Nations children's agency highlighted the severe humanitarian crisis unfolding in Rafah, emphasizing the vulnerability of its youth population. With the city already strained by over 200 days of conflict, UNICEF expressed grave concerns about the potential escalation of violence and the devastating impact it could have on children's lives.

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UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell underscored the dire circumstances, stating that the prolonged conflict has inflicted unimaginable suffering on children in the region. With Rafah now predominantly inhabited by children who have been displaced multiple times, there are growing fears of a humanitarian catastrophe if military operations persist.

The agency emphasized the urgent need for a ceasefire and safe access for humanitarian organizations to provide essential aid to those in need. With a significant portion of Rafah's population comprising infants and young children, UNICEF stressed the critical importance of ensuring their protection and access to vital healthcare services.

The escalation of violence in Gaza, sparked by Hamas's attack on Israel in October, has led to a devastating toll on civilian lives, with a disproportionate impact on children. Despite international calls for de-escalation, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to continue military operations, further raising concerns about the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

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