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  •  The most vulnerable persons are children (7+ / 0-)

    From AP:

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    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The image of a dead preschooler cradled by the prime ministers of Egypt and Gaza in a hospital hallway has drawn attention to the dangers Gaza's children face in this crowded urban battle zone.

    Children make up half of Gaza's population of 1.6 million and seem to be everywhere in the current round of cross-border fighting between Israel and Gaza's militant Hamas rulers.

    Children loitered Friday outside a Gaza City morgue for a glance at the latest "martyrs." Others followed adults to funerals or even rushed to the site where Israeli missiles had just struck a government building and fire was still smoldering. Despite outward bravado, young boys of elementary school age said quietly that fear of airstrikes kept them awake at night.

    So far, six of 28 Palestinians killed in Israel's offensive this week have been children, ranging in age from just under 1 to 14 years, according to Gaza health officials. Most were killed by shrapnel while in or near their homes. In Israel, 12 children were hurt in rocket attacks this week.

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    That is just unacceptable by all counts. Civilian deaths are always a big deal. These deaths are occurring for both Israeli and Palestinian children, and both are at risk. With 75,000 troops poised at the edge of Gaza, with Egypt vowing to assist Hamas given their ties, with the U.S. Congress offering Israel its unqualified support, everyone is poised to simply winding up killing off children due to this asinine violence. There's not going to be any victory in that. It's unacceptable in the utmost. I weep for this.

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