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27 July 2014

Jon Snow on the children of Gaza: “We share some responsibility for those deaths”

The Channel 4 presenter has recorded an emotional speech to camera following his reporting trip to Gaza, which has been under heavy bombardment from Israel. 

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Channel 4 News’s Jon Snow has recorded an emotional speech to camera following his reporting trip to Gaza, which has been under heavy bombardment from Israel. 

In it, he tells of his surprise at seeing the youth of the area’s population, where 250,000 are under ten years old. “If you know any ten-year-olds . . . the idea that in the looseness of a war zone, that you can control your children, that they won’t be somewhere where they can be hit  . . . it is beyond any kind of imagination.”

He also tells of visiting the third floor of Gaza’s Shifa hospital, where children are treated, and seeing a girl with “panda eyes” – huge bruises caused by a fractured skull and broken nose. “I can’t get those images out of my mind.”

He acknowledges that Hamas has been firing rockets at Israel – “designed, ideally, as they would put it, to kill Israelis” – but adds that these have not connected thanks to the country’s “Iron Dome” defence system. 

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According to a Norwegian doctor Snow spoke to at the Shifa hospital, the current death toll among Gaza’s children is 166 – and there are more than 1,000 who have been wounded. “That is what makes this something that every one of us has to confront,” he concludes. “In some way, we share some responsibility for those deaths. Because for us, it is no priority whatsoever to stop it. Our United Nations, our goverment, our world is not that interested.”