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Save the Children: Gaza children on brink of mental health crisis

Research by the rights group found 95 percent of young people surveyed in Gaza showed deep psychological distress.

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Samar, 15, was interviewed by Save the Children in the Gaza Strip and said that she fears what the future holds [Tim Muir/ Save the Children]

A generation of children in the besieged Gaza Strip are on the brink of a mental health crisis, a children rights group said.

“A whole generation of children in Gaza is balancing on a knife edge where one more shock could have devastating life-long consequences,” Marcia Brophy, a senior health adviser at Save the Children, said in a statement on Sunday.

Save the Children, which surveyed 150 young adolescents, with a median age of 14, and 150 caregivers living in the coastal enclave, found that 95 percent of children interviewed displayed symptoms such as feelings of depression, hyperactivity, a preference for being alone, and aggression.

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