Jordan's queen calls for respecting children' human rights in Gaza
Jordan's Queen Rania Al Abdullah on Monday delivered an urgent plea for respecting children' human rights in the war-torn Gaza Strip, reported Xinhua .
Speaking to the press during her meeting with UN regional chiefs, Queen Rania stressed that "our humanity is incomplete when children, irrespective of nationality, are victims of military operations."
"The children of Gaza, the dead and the barely living, their mothers, and their fathers are not acceptable collateral damage. Their lives do matter, their loss does count. They are not divisible from our universal humanity - no child is, no civilian is," she added.
The queen, meanwhile, called on all nations to "act to end fighting, and open all crossings, especially Karni, to permit uninterrupted passage of wheat, fuel, medicine, and other vital supplies."
Rania's appeal was echoed by Sigrid Kaag, regional director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), who told reporters that violence inflicts damage on women and children the most.
"Children badly need protection, psychological assistance and medical support," Kaag said.
Special Representative of World Health Organization Guido Sabatinelli held that "there are a high level of infant and maternal mortality in Gaza, and the highest rate of communicable diseases, malnutrition and anemia in the region."
"One out of every three children who go to UNRWA schools and half of all mothers going to deliver are anemic," Sabatinelli noted.
The Israeli army forces continued on Monday the military operations into the Gaza Strip for the tenth consecutive day.
Mo'aweya Hassanein, chief of emergency and ambulance services in the Palestinian health ministry said the death toll since the beginning of the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip has hit to 537 killed and 2600 wounded, 800 of them are in critical conditions.