The recent escalation in violence between Israel and Hamas, which began on May 10, 2021, has resulted in a humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip. The United Nations (UN) estimates that over 100,000 people have been displaced from their homes as a result of the fighting, and many have taken refuge in schools and mosques. However, these facilities are often overcrowded and lack basic necessities such as food, water, and sanitation.
The situation is particularly dire for children, who make up over half of the population of the Gaza Strip. According to the UN, over 1,000 children have been injured in the violence, and at least 68 have been killed. Many children are also traumatized by the experience of living in a war zone.
The UN has called for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, but both sides have so far refused to comply. The international community has expressed concern about the escalating conflict and has urged both sides to show restraint. However, it remains to be seen when the violence will end and when the people of the Gaza Strip will be able to return to their homes and rebuild their lives.