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Children march in W. Bank in solidarity with Gaza

Palestinian children shout slogans and hold up signs as they march through the United Nations office during a demonstration to call for protection of Palestinian children August 12, 2014 in Ramallah occupied West Bank. (Anadolu Agency/Issam Rimawi))

RAMALLAH: Hundreds of Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah staged a march Tuesday, organized by the Palestinian unity government, to show solidarity with their counterparts in the Gaza Strip amid a deadly Israeli offensive that has claimed the lives of hundreds of children in the embattled coastal territory.

Accompanied by protest organizers, young marchers set out for the United Nations office in Ramallah Tuesday morning.

They called on international organizations to protect Gaza's children from Israel's "destruction machine."

Some wore t-shirts bearing the names of children killed in the Gaza Strip by recent Israeli strikes.

"This demonstration carries a message to the United Nations: Palestine's children demand to live like all other children of the world, without war or killing," protest organizer Maissoun Hega told Anadolu Agency.

"The Israeli army is targeting and killing children in Gaza - and even in the West Bank," she added.

Nine-year-old marcher Aya Jawad declared: "It's our right as children to live and not get killed by airstrikes."

"The world must stop Israel from killing us," she added.

Organizers also delivered a letter to U.N. Chief Ban Ki-moon through the international body's Ramallah office.

At least 449 Palestinian children have been among the 1940 Gazans slain by unrelenting Israeli attacks on the blockaded enclave since July 7, according to Palestinian health officials.

Over 3004 children in Gaza are also among the nearly 10,000 Palestinians to have been injured to date in Israel's "Operation Protective Edge," Palestinian health officials said.

 

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Summary

Hundreds of Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah staged a march Tuesday, organized by the Palestinian unity government, to show solidarity with their counterparts in the Gaza Strip amid a deadly Israeli offensive that has claimed the lives of hundreds of children in the embattled coastal territory.

At least 449 Palestinian children have been among the 1940 Gazans slain by unrelenting Israeli attacks on the blockaded enclave since July 7, according to Palestinian health officials.


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