The Ministry of Welfare and Social Affairs disclosed on Sunday that during the terrorist assault by Hamas that started on October 7, at least 21 Israeli children from 13 families had their parents killed.
16 children were found to have lost both parents, according to child welfare workers, while two children of single mothers were left orphaned. One father of two children was killed, while the other is still missing. One father was killed, and the other was taken as a hostage to the Gaza Strip in one instance.
The Welfare Ministry stated on Sunday that social workers had made contact with the orphans’ relatives and will give them and their guardians all the resources they need.
The State of Israel is with them and will continue to support and accompany them in the future, according to Eti Kisos, a senior official in the ministry. “It was important for us to reach the children who were left without a father and mother as quickly as possible, to check that they are in a safe place, to help the family members who are currently taking care of them, and to assure them of this,” she added.
In a huge onslaught launched from the Gaza Strip on October 7 that involved the firing of thousands of missiles at Israel and the entry of the Jewish state by terrorist troops, Hamas terrorists killed 1,400 Israelis and injured more than 5,400 more.
According to data from the Health Ministry, as of Sunday, there were 302 patients hospitalized for injuries, of whom 43 had serious injuries, 172 had moderate injuries, and 87 had minor injuries.
An Israeli man in his 60s suffered significant injuries as a result of a rocket impact in the southern city of Netivot on Sunday afternoon, according to the Magen David Adom emergency medical service. He was brought to Beersheva’s Soroka Medical Center.