The United Nations has estimated that at least 17,000 children in the Gaza Strip have been left unaccompanied or separated, accounting for one percent of the overall displaced population.
Jonathan Crickx, spokesperson for UNICEF in the Palestinian territories, highlighted the heartbreaking stories of loss and grief among these children.
The difficult task of tracing their identities is compounded by the lack of resources for extended families, making immediate care challenging.
The mental health of children in Gaza is severely affected by the conflict, with symptoms like persistent anxiety, loss of appetite, and emotional distress. UNICEF calls for a ceasefire to provide proper support.