The number of children reported killed in Gaza during Israel’s military campaign over the past three weeks has surpassed the annual number of children killed in armed conflict globally in each of the past four years, according to Save the Children.
More than 3,000 children have been reported killed in Gaza since October 7 by the enclave's Hamas-controlled health authorities.
"The numbers are harrowing and with violence not only continuing but expanding in Gaza right now, many more children remain at grave risk," said Jason Lee, Save the Children's country director in the occupied Palestinian territory.
A total of 2,985 children were killed across 24 countries in 2022, 2,515 were killed in 2021 and 2,674 in 2020, according to the United Nations secretary general's annual report on children and armed conflict, cited by Save the Children.
In 2019, the UN reported 4,019 children were killed in conflicts around the world.
Save the Children has added its voice to those calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.