Over 300 children killed in Gaza fighting: Unicef

January 15th, 2009 - 11:58 am ICT by IANS  

New York, Jan 15 (DPA) More than 300 children have been killed and 1,500 others injured during the Israel-Hamas fighting in Gaza Strip, the UN Children’s Fund has said.”Each day more children are being hurt, their small bodies wounded and their young lives shattered,” Unicef director Ann Veneman said Wednesday.

Unicef said children, who constitute a majority of the 1.5 million-population in Gaza, and their families are trapped by the fighting. Israel and Hamas are now engaged in battle close to centres of residential areas, posing more threats to Palestinian civilians.

The death toll in Gaza has now exceeded 1,000 since fighting erupted Dec 27.

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