“Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.”

The Battle Belongs To

“Israel’s attacks have killed 4,104 children in Gaza during the current war, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports.”

Is Israel’s Gaza war the deadliest conflict for children in modern times?

By Sarah Shamim
Published On 7 Nov 2023

In late October, the international nonprofit Save the Children reported that the number of children killed in the Gaza Strip over three weeks of Israel’s bombardment had surpassed the annual number of children killed in global conflict zones every year since 2019.

Since then, the number of tiny bodies wrapped in white shrouds and surrounded by grieving family members has only grown as Israel has also launched a ground offensive, adding artillery fire to the destruction unleashed by its missiles.

Yet as the war rages on a month after it started, even the numbers don’t fully reveal the scale at which Gaza’s children have been killed.

Here is how the deaths compare with some other major conflicts in recent years. All have been horrific and devastating for children. Still, Gaza stands out. Starkly.

Children In Conflict

Israel’s attacks have killed 4,104 children in Gaza during the current war, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports.
These deaths have been reported over one month of violence. That’s comfortably more than 100 children killed every day on average.
Gaza has a population of 2.3 million people living in an area of 365sq km (140sq miles), which amounts to a population density of 6,300 people per square kilometre (16,320 people per square mile).
Children make up 47 percent of Gaza’s population, according to UNICEF.

Mother And Child

Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022.
A year and eight months into the invasion, Russia and Ukraine have engaged in daily, bloody clashes, and the fighting has claimed many civilian lives.
Among the casualties are 510 children who have been killed, according to the Children of War website, a platform created by Ukrainian government ministries on behalf of the Office of the President.
These deaths represent a little less than one child per day on average.
However, the numbers of children killed are likely far higher as the death troll in territories occupied by Russia is unknown.
Ukraine has a population density of 76 people per square kilometre (nearly 200 people per square mile), according to the World Bank.
Children make up 18.5 percent of Ukraine’s population, according to UNICEF.

In 2003, the United States government under President George W Bush invaded Iraq.
In 2008, UNICEF began monitoring violations against children in the region.
The following information was recorded over 14 years from 2008 to the end of 2022.
During this time, 3,119 children were killed, UNICEF reported. That’s more than one child killed every two days.
Iraq has a population density of 100 people per square kilometre (260 people per square mile), according to the World Bank.
Children make up 43.6 percent of Iraq’s population, according to UNICEF.

Iraqi Children

In March 2011, protests calling for the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad and his government soon turned into a war after a violent crackdown by security forces.
From the 2011 start of the war to March this year, 12,000 children have been killed, the UN reported. That’s almost three children every day on average.
Syria has a population density of 116 people per square kilometre (300 people per square mile), according to the World Bank.
Children make up 37.3 percent of Syria’s population, according to UNICEF.

US-led forces entered Afghanistan in 2001 after the September 11 attacks that year. The US withdrew its forces from the country in 2021.
From 2009 to 2020, 8,099 children were killed, according to a UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan report. That’s two children every day.
Afghanistan has a population density of 61 people per square kilometre (158 people per square mile, according to the World Bank.
Children make up 50 percent of Afghanistan’s population, according to UNICEF.

2 Chronicles 20:14-19


14 Then upon Yachaziy’el the son of Zakarayhu, the son of Benayahu, the son of Ye`iy’el, the son of Mattanyahu, a Leviyiy of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of Yahuah in the midst of the congregation;

15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Yahudah, and ye inhabitants of Yarushalayim, and thou King Yahushaphat, Thus saith YAHUAH unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle [is] not yours, but Aluah’s.

16 Tomorrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Tsiyts; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Yeru’el.

17 Ye shall not [need] to fight in this [battle]: set yourselves, stand ye [still], and see the salvation of YAHUAH with you, O Yahudah and Yarushalayim: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for YAHUAH [will be] with you.

18 And Yahushaphat bowed his head with [his] face to the ground: and all Yahudah and the inhabitants of Yarushalayim fell before YAHUAH, worshipping YAHUAH.

19 And the Leviyiym, of the children of the Qohathiym, and of the children of the Qorchiy, stood up to praise YAHUAH ALUAH of Yasharal with a loud voice on high.

2 Chronicles 20:20-25


20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Yahushaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Yahudah, and ye inhabitants of Yarushalayim; Believe in YAHUAH your Aluah, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.

21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto YAHUAH, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise YAHUAH; for his mercy [endureth] for ever.

22 And when they began to sing and to praise, YAHUAH set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Yahudah; and they were smitten.

23 For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy [them]: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.

24 And when Yahudah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they [were] dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped.

25 And when Yahushaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much.

The loss of life is always a tragedy, and when children are involved, it becomes even more heart-wrenching. It is difficult to remain composed as we witness the destruction and death tolls in countries like Gaza, where citizens are caught in the crossfire of political conflict and war. Nevertheless, it’s essential that we take a step back and try to understand the larger picture. Each nation has its own history and unique role to play, even when it involves ancient enemies that we still face today. For instance, the Palestinians represent the Philistines, while Ukrainians embody the Khazarians. Similarly, Iraq and Syria are symbolic of the Assyrians, while Afghanistan is associated with Persians. Despite the tragedies that befall us, it’s crucial to remember that we are all commanded by the Most High to stand still and see his salvation. In fact, according to 2 Chronicles 20:17, the battle does not belong to us, but to YAHUAH. Indeed, only through faith and trust can we hope to witness and see the reward of the wicked, as mentioned in Tahalyam 91:8. The Most High reminds us through scripture that he is always in control, as seen in 2 Chronicles 20:23 when he turned the enemies of YAHUDAH against themselves. Therefore, rather than despair, let us find comfort in these words and carry on with faith and resilience. We Are YASHARAL!


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