The Palestinian Ministry of Education said that more than 5,000 children, including over 3,000 students, have been martyred since the start of the Israeli occupation's aggression on the Gaza Strip on Oct. 7.
In a press release carried by the Palestinian news agency (WAFA) on the occasion of the World Children's Day, celebrated annually on Nov. 20, the ministry said that the scenes of killing children and school students in Gaza have violated all norms and conventions, and expose the occupation's mentality and its continuous targeting of education throughout the country.
The ministry called on the world's countries and their institutions to protect the rights of Palestinian children and school students in life and in education, and to stand against the Israeli occupation, affirming the natural right of the children of Palestine to a decent life and a safe and stable education.
It also urged all organizations and institutions advocating for childhood and the right to education to fulfill their responsibilities within their mandates, curb the escalating violations, stop the crimes committed by the Israeli occupation against children, students, and educational personnel in all regions, and urgently intervene to end this aggression.
In a preliminary statistic, the Ministry of Health announced an increase in the number of martyrs in the Gaza Strip to more than 12,200, including approximately 5,000 children, 3,250 women, and 690 elderly. The number of injuries exceeded 29,500, with more than 4,000 citizens still listed as missing, including 2,000 children. (QNA)