Children paying a terrible price in Gaza
Gaza has seen over 1,000 deaths since the start of bloody conflict last month. Earlier this (Saturday) morning, all Palestinian factions have agreed to a 12-hour (9am-9pm) truce under UN supervision, says the #Hamas spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri.
According to an interactive infographic, above, by The Washington Post – The Gaza Counter, the Palestinian civilians continue to make up the largest share of casualties in the Gaza conflict.
Quoting the figures from U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, The Washington Post has provided us the list of casualties as and when they happened on both sides. The Palestinian civilians – children and women – are the biggest toll.
To see how the conflict escalated resulting in increasing casualties, you can click the interactive counter here.
And then we see heart-wrenching BBC images like above: A baby was delivered from a woman killed in a Israeli airstrike on Gaza.
Or this one. A casualty arrives at the hospital. The doctor discovers it’s his martyred son. He takes one last photo.
What can we do?
You and I: Public can use social media, particularly Twitter and Facebook to raise international attention on the Gaza atrocities.
See how: Israel Is Losing Control of the Gaza Media War
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The government in Islamabad: The Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced Friday 25 July as a day of mourning to show solidarity with people of Gaza. Rallies came out all over the country. Pakistan will contribute $1 million in UN flash appeal for Gaza Palestinians. Pakistan flag flew half mast on the day.
The opposition in Lahore: PTI Chairman Imran Khan has written to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Gaza, condemning Israeli atrocities and killings, urging UN to take action. Full text here.
The diplomat in New York: Amid escalating violence in Gaza, Pakistan has called for intensification of international diplomatic efforts for an immediate ceasefire and revival of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks aimed at addressing the root causes of the Middle East conflict. “Violence begets violence and peace engenders peace. The relentless bloodshed must be stopped and peace talks initiated,” Ambassador Masood Khan, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN, told the Security Council on Tuesday while condemning Israeli aggression in Gaza (The News).