The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Observatory claimed in a report published on Tuesday that as of October 16th, it had recorded 3,250 injuries, including at least 1,240 children in need of specialist medical attention, and 1,046 Palestinian child deaths.
It further stated that an estimated 167 children are buried beneath the debris of homes that were demolished by Israeli airstrikes.
“Israel’s intense attacks on residential neighborhoods and civilian headquarters, in flagrant violation of child protection rules under international and humanitarian law,” the statement reads, leaving the Gaza children “suffering the bitterness of pain, loss, and the severity of wounds.”
The rights watchdog further described the children of Gaza as the first target of the ongoing “mass slaughter” against Palestinians.
“Children who had survived the killing, have either lost one or both parents, or their homes. They were forced to migrate with their families to escape Israeli attacks, or for fear of forced eviction warnings,” it continued.
The rights group claimed that in addition to terrible burns, shell wounds, and limb loss, many youngsters in the Gaza Strip also experienced psychological trauma and dread.
“Smashing of children’s heads, and shrapnel penetrating small stomachs and hearts, at a time when the scattered rubble of residential buildings destroyed above the heads of their residents,” it added, referring to the hundreds of images and video footage found online.
The Palestinian Hamas resistance movement’s spokesman, Abdul Latif Al-Qanoua, stated in a statement on Tuesday that over 70% of the casualties of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza are women and children.
Whether the conflict lasts a long time or not, the “Israeli criminal occupation” will ultimately be vanquished, he continued, continuing its genocide against civilians.
Qanoua also stressed that the will of resistance and the Qassam Brigades, Hamas military wing, is stronger than the destructive force of the Israeli occupation.
Israel launched the war on Gaza on October 7 after Hamas waged a surprise attack, dubbed Operation Al-Aqsa Storm, against the occupying entity.
Israel has killed 3,500 Palestinians in its relentless airstrikes. It has also blocked water, food and electricity to the Gaza Strip, plunging the coastal sliver into a humanitarian crisis.