Children in Gaza conflict must be protected



    TORONTO, Jan. 7 /CNW/ - Save the Children strongly protests the continued
violence in Gaza that has now claimed the lives of more than 100 children.
    "All wars are waged against children," were the words of Eglantyne Jebb,
founder of Save the Children, nearly ninety years ago. It is in this spirit
that we are calling for a peaceful solution to the current crisis that
endangers the lives of nearly every child in Gaza and the lives of Israeli
children in areas subject to attacks.
    "Recent attacks on two United Nations shelters set up for families forced
from their homes in Gaza have killed additional innocent children and family
members," said Annie Foster, who heads Save the Children's emergency response
in the region.
    "This crisis continues to have an enormously devastating impact on
children and families, many of whom have left their homes and have no safe
place to go."
    We are calling for a cessation of hostilities by all parties including
rocket attacks from Gaza and air and ground assaults from Israel.
    We are also seeking free access for humanitarian assistance to allow aid
agencies to provide much-needed relief to vulnerable children.
    Our staff in Gaza has distributed 2-week food packages to about 6,000
people, including 3,000 children, but the inability to move additional
supplies into Gaza and the continued violence are hampering our ability to
distribute aid.

    
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