68 orphans were evacuated from Gaza to the West Bank, enraging Israel’s far right

An international non-profit organization, SOS Children’s Villages International, evacuates 68 orphans and 11 employees and their families from Gaza to the West Bank, a move that has sparked criticism from Israel’s far-right politicians.

Key details: The German embassy assisted the evacuation of children, aged from 2 to 14, from Rafah in southern Gaza to Bethlehem in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
* The organization made this decision in line with the children’s increasing danger due to worsening conditions in Rafah.
* The move came with the approval of the legal guardians of the children and Israeli authorities, said SOS Village’s chief program officer, Angela Maria Rosales.

Strong objection: Far-right Israeli politicians criticized the move.
* National security minister Itamar Ben-Gvir labeled the operation as a part of “fake ‘humane measures,’” arguing that Israeli citizens continue to suffer.
* Finance minister Bezalel Smotrich questioned the “immoral order” of the evacuation in a social media post.

The state of Rafah: Rafah houses over a million Palestinians, amongst which are approximately 600,000 children.
* The city faces serious shortages of essential commodities like food and water, leading to widespread sheltering in makeshift tents.
* Despite the evacuation, the SOS facility in Rafah will remain operational, providing support to orphans of the ongoing war.

Children affected by the war: The conflict in Gaza has caused substantial harm to children.
* UNICEF estimates that at least 17,000 children in Gaza are unaccompanied or separated from their families.
* Save The Children reports that the aftermath of last year’s attack by Hamas militants on southern Israel has resulted in the death of at least 12,400 children.
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