Beyond the immediate loss in Gaza — destruction of property, infrastructure, and the deaths of more than 2,200 people, mostly civilians and about 500 of them children — Israel’s onslaught will have long-term mental and physical effects on the Palestinian children who survived weeks of airstrikes and naval and tank shelling. Many of them watched as their relatives and friends were killed and homes, schools and mosques bombarded. Now children by the age of six have three wars after them. Those who survived are pessimistic about the future, question themselves why they did not die as well, and wait for the next war to come. Nothing can erase the horrible moments that happened during the war. Children believe in violence and they want to fight for lost lives of their beloved ones and their freedom. Even before the current military offensive, young Gazans bore the mental scars of years under siege and previous episodes of bombardment. After the 2012 war, the rate of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among children in Gaza doubled, according to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which provides assistance for Palestinian refugees. Mental health experts fear that the latest bombardment may create detrimental repercussions too difficult for children to overcome as Vast majority of Gaza children suffer PTSD symptoms.

 
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Palestinians girl, walks near the rubble of destroyed buildings in Shijaiyah neighborhood of Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Oct. 1, 2014.

 
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Palestinian children play on a swing near houses that witnesses said were destroyed or damaged during a seven-week Israeli offensive, on the first day of the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday in Beit Hanoun town in the northern Gaza Strip October 4, 2014.

 
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Fathma El Saudi hugs her daughter Ruha, 5 years old, near the ruins of their houses, on Oct 2, 2014, in Sha'af neighborhood of Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, that witnesses said were destroyed during a seven-week Israeli offensive.

 
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Brothers Mohamad Ala’a Barda’ 9 years old (r), Yazan Ala’a Barda’, 4 years old pose for a picture near their destroyed house in Shijaiyah neighbourhood of Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Oct. 5, 2014. "Mohamad always wanted become an engineer, now he changed his mind and wants to become a fighter and fight for release of palestinian prisoners," his uncle says. Brothers lost their father, who was a policeman in first days of war. Jasan still suffers after seeing his father dead. They both still remember everything exactly. "If it starts again, i will run away. To the beach camp," Mohamad says.

 
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Palestinian children play on a swing near houses that witnesses said were destroyed or damaged during a seven-week Israeli offensive, on the first day of the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday in Beit Hanoun town in the northern Gaza Strip October 4, 2014.

 
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Saja Ekrami, 6 years old, poses for a picture near their destroyed house in Shijaiyah neighbourhood of Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Oct. 5, 2014. "No medicine will help it to forget what she saw and witnessed," her uncle said. Saja becomes aggressive and gets mad quickly to other children and is suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, family already arranged her appointment at the doctor. Sajas uncle died in the last war. Girl started going back to school, currently in first grade. Schools are also helping children to overcome the war, mostly by playing in the first weeks after war.

 
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Palestinian child walks near destroyed mosque that witnesses said was destroyed or damaged during a seven-week Israeli offensive, on the first day of the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday in Beit Hanoun town in the northern Gaza Strip October 3, 2014.

 
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Palestinian children play near houses that witnesses said were destroyed or damaged during a seven-week Israeli offensive, on the first day of the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday in Beit Hanoun town in the northern Gaza Strip October 4, 2014.

 
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Palestinians attend Eid al-Adha prayers in Gaza City October 4, 2014.

 
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Palestinians walk near the beach on the second day of the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday in Gaza City, Gaza Strip, October 5, 2014.

 
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Clothes are seen on the ruins of a house on Oct 2, 2014, in Sha'af neighbourhood of Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, that witnesses said were destroyed during a seven-week Israeli offensive.

 
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Palestinian boy Abdullah, 5 years old, collect the trash near the rubble of destroyed buildings in Shijaiyah neighborhood of Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Oct. 1, 2014.

 
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Fathma El Saudi holds her daughter Rahaf, 3 years old, at the ruins of their house, on Oct 2, 2014, in Sha'af neighborhood of Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, that witnesses said were destroyed during a seven-week Israeli offensive. Family still lives in badly damaged building

 
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Clothes hang at the ruins the house, on Oct 2, 2014, in Sha'af neighborhood of Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, that witnesses said were destroyed during a seven-week Israeli offensive. Family still lives in badly damaged building

 
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Palestinian children play on a swing inside their family's house that witnesses said was badly damaged during a seven-week Israeli offensive, on the first day of the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday in the Shijaiyah neighborhood east of Gaza City October 4, 2014.

 
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Palestinians walk near the ruins of a house on Oct 2, 2014, in Sha'af neighbourhood of Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, that witnesses said were destroyed during a seven-week Israeli offensive.

 
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Palestinian boys stands near the ruins of the mosque, on Oct 5, 2014, in Gaza City, that witnesses said was destroyed during a seven-week Israeli offensive.

 
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Children walk with boodles of water near the ruins of their houses before, on Oct 6, 2014, in Sha'af neighbourhood of Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, that witnesses said were destroyed during a seven-week Israeli offensive.