Save The Children calls for saving Gaza children
Palestine-Israel-UK, Politics, 8/31/2006
Save the Children Alliance called today for an immediate fund and political and financial pressure for Palestinian suffering children in the Gaza Strip.
The Alliance asserted that Gaza children face extreme hardship and suffering, due to a combination of Israeli restrictions and the ongoing freeze on funding.
"Gaza needs more financial support, but donor governments and Israel must first and immediately loosen the stranglehold they have on funds that already exist," Sue Smith, Regional Director of Save the Children UK, said in a press release.
Since 28 June, 44 children have been killed, electricity and water infrastructure has been destroyed and humanitarian assistance has been routinely blocked from getting to those people who need it. Since 15 August," Director of Save the Children said.
Sue Smith asserted that no humanitarian aid at all has been allowed through some gates and even humanitarian workers have had their movements heavily restricted.
"Because of the freeze on aid and tax revenues, and the detention of PA ministers, basic health and sanitation services are collapsing, threatening a public health disaster, and the education system is in chaos from top to bottom," the Director stated.
Sue Smith mentioned that the Minister of Education is being indefinitely detained, teachers are striking because they haven't been paid for months, and some schools are still being used as camps for displaced people. It is an outrage that the major donors have allowed children to suffer like this for months on end.
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