‘No winners’ in War where thousand of children are killed; UN

GENEVA: The UN child rights committee said Wednesday there were “no winners in a war where thousands of children are killed”, as they condemned mounting “grave human rights violations” in the Gaza Strip. A war which saw thousand of children being as the victims of hatred between the two nations, a war which made thousand of children homeless, a war which made the children orphans, how can a nation call itself a winner after winning the war?

The committee, which monitors adherence of the countries to the international Convention on the Rights of the Child, expressed its “outrage at the profound suffering of children” in the conflict between Israel and Hamas. “Grave human rights violations against children are mounting by the minute in the Gaza Strip, and there are no winners in a war where thousands of children are killed,” the committee said in a statement. The Israeli militants have heavily bombarded Gaza since the Hamas militant groups stormed across the border on October 7, killing 1,400 people, mostly civilians, and kidnapping at least 240 others, including children, according to Israeli officials.

The health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza says that nearly 8,800 people have been killed since the war with Israel had taken place, while more than 22,000 people have been wounded. The UN committee “strongly condemns the escalation of attacks by Israel against civilian targets in the Gaza Strip, which had resulted in the deaths of more than 3,500 children since October 7. “We also remain deeply concerned about children who continue to be held as hostages,” it said. “The committee calls for an end to the devastating harm being wreaked on children’s lives in the occupied Palestinian territory. We add our voice to those calling for an immediate ceasefire. We urge the immediate release of child hostages, with their caregivers, as a first urgent phase towards the release of all hostages.”

There are 18 members in the independent committee who are the human rights experts from around the world who also serve in a personal capacity. The committee also stated that the first and foremost target of the armed conflict were the innocent small little children who had lifelong effects on their physical and mental health, their development and ultimately the enjoyment of all their rights.

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