UNICEF Calls for End to "Indiscriminate Killing" of Palestinians in Gaza

UNICEF spokesperson Tess Ingram has called for an end to the "indiscriminate killing" of Palestinians, especially children, in the Gaza Strip.

Iran (IMNA) - Ingram's statement comes amid Israel's ongoing military offensive in the territory, which has resulted in the deaths of at least 35,091 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and the injury of 78,827 others.

In an interview with ABC News on Monday, Ingram described the "horrific" impact of the fighting on children's bodies, recounting her visit to hospitals in Gaza, including the southern city of Rafah. She spoke of a nine-year-old girl who had been clinging to life on a hospital bed for 16 days due to major blast wounds, with limited medical resources available to treat her.

"We need to see an end to the fighting and the indiscriminate killing of civilians, especially children," Ingram emphasized.

Israel's military offensive began on October 7 after the Palestinian Hamas resistance group carried out an operation against the occupying entity in retaliation for its intensified atrocities against the Palestinian people. Despite warnings from international humanitarian actors, Israeli troops recently took control of the Palestinian side of the Rafah crossing, Gaza's lifeline, and started carpet-bombing the city.

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) has also raised concerns about the restricted humanitarian access in Gaza, stating that it is a "matter of life or death" for the people living in the besieged territory. UNRWA has also warned that over 150,000 pregnant women are facing "terrible sanitary conditions and health hazards" in Gaza, calling for an immediate ceasefire.

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