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In Gaza, pediatrics wing crowded with war wounded

In pediatrics ward of Gaza hospital, children recover from wounds sustained in Israeli strikes

In this Thursday, July 24, 2014 photo, Mojahed al-Ejla, 8, rests at the Shifa hospital where he is receiving treatment for a fractured skull caused by...
In this Thursday, July 24, 2014 photo, Shahd al-Henawi, 8, sits in her bed at the Shifa hospital, where she is receiving treatment for a fractured sku...
In this Thursday, July 24, 2014 photo, Habiba al-Taban, 6, rests in the Shifa hospital as she recovers from injuries from a July 21 Israeli strike hit...
In this Thursday, July 24, 2014 photo, Shaher Abed al-Nabi, 7, waits in the Shifa hospital in Gaza City for treatment of injuries he sustained while s...
In this Thursday, July 24, 2014 photo, Nema Abu al-Foul, 2 , who was injured while playing with others in front of her family's house in the Al-Sabra ...
In this Thursday, July 24, 2014 photo, Mohammed Albardiny, 7, rests at the Shifa hospital in Gaza City, where he is receiving treatment for shrapnel i...
In this Thursday, July 24, 2014 photo, Moath al- Eskafy, 7, plays with a mobile phone at Shifa hospital, in Gaza City. Al-Eskafy was injured in the Sh...
In this Thursday, July 24, 2014 photo, Mohammed Albardiny, 7, rests at the Shifa hospital in Gaza City, where he is receiving treatment for shrapnel i...
In this Thursday, July 24, 2014 photo, Marwan Hassanein, 4, rests at the Shifa hospital in Gaza City. Marwan was injured in head and eyes by shrapnel ...
In this Thursday, July 24, 2014 photo, Alaa Bekhit, 8, recovers at Shifa hospital from internal bleeding following an Israeli strike that hit a neighb...
In this Thursday, July 24, 2014 photo, Nour al-Areir , 10, waits for surgery lays at the Shifa hospital to remove shrapnel from her skull from a July ...
In this Thursday, July 24, 2014 photo, Maha al-Sheikh Khalil, 7, smiles as she lies in bed at the Shifa hospital where she is undergoing treatment for...

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In this Thursday, July 24, 2014 photo, Mojahed al-Ejla, 8, rests at the Shifa hospital where he is receiving treatment for a fractured skull caused by...

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In this Thursday, July 24, 2014 photo, Shahd al-Henawi, 8, sits in her bed at the Shifa hospital, where she is receiving treatment for a fractured sku...

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In this Thursday, July 24, 2014 photo, Habiba al-Taban, 6, rests in the Shifa hospital as she recovers from injuries from a July 21 Israeli strike hit...

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In this Thursday, July 24, 2014 photo, Shaher Abed al-Nabi, 7, waits in the Shifa hospital in Gaza City for treatment of injuries he sustained while s...

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In this Thursday, July 24, 2014 photo, Nema Abu al-Foul, 2 , who was injured while playing with others in front of her family's house in the Al-Sabra ...

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In this Thursday, July 24, 2014 photo, Mohammed Albardiny, 7, rests at the Shifa hospital in Gaza City, where he is receiving treatment for shrapnel i...

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In this Thursday, July 24, 2014 photo, Moath al- Eskafy, 7, plays with a mobile phone at Shifa hospital, in Gaza City. Al-Eskafy was injured in the Sh...

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In this Thursday, July 24, 2014 photo, Mohammed Albardiny, 7, rests at the Shifa hospital in Gaza City, where he is receiving treatment for shrapnel i...

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In this Thursday, July 24, 2014 photo, Marwan Hassanein, 4, rests at the Shifa hospital in Gaza City. Marwan was injured in head and eyes by shrapnel ...

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In this Thursday, July 24, 2014 photo, Alaa Bekhit, 8, recovers at Shifa hospital from internal bleeding following an Israeli strike that hit a neighb...

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In this Thursday, July 24, 2014 photo, Nour al-Areir , 10, waits for surgery lays at the Shifa hospital to remove shrapnel from her skull from a July ...

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In this Thursday, July 24, 2014 photo, Maha al-Sheikh Khalil, 7, smiles as she lies in bed at the Shifa hospital where she is undergoing treatment for...

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The pediatrics wing of the largest hospital in the Gaza Strip is filled with the youngest victims of more than two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting.

Palestinian health officials say more than 800 Palestinians have been killed and more than 5,200 wounded by Israeli airstrikes and tank fire aimed at what Israel says are Hamas targets. The United Nations says civilians make up three-fourths of the dead and a majority of the wounded. Among the dead have been at least 192 children and teens age 17 and under, the U.N. says.

The Israeli military says it is doing its utmost to spare civilians, including by sending evacuation warnings to homes and neighborhoods that are about to be hit in Israel's air- and ground operation. However, Gaza is densely populated, with 1.7 million people squeezed into a small strip of land on the Mediterranean Sea, leaving little room for escape.

Israel says the goal of its operation is to destroy Hamas military tunnels under the Gaza-Israel border and to halt rocket fire from Gaza on Israeli communities.

Here are portraits of 11 children recovering from their injuries at Gaza City's Shifa Hospital. They range in age from two to 10. Most were wounded in airstrikes on their homes or neighborhoods, with injuries ranging from a broken pelvis to a broken nose and fractured skull.

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Updated : 2021-05-10 14:08 GMT+08:00