Gaza's Wounded Children Celebrate Eid In Pediatrics Wing Of Shifa Hospital

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Marwan Hassanein, 4, receives a present for the Eid al-Fitr holiday, at the Shifa hospital in Gaza City, where he is hospitalized, Monday, July 28, 2014. | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr with outdoor prayers and picnics, but many of Gaza's children remain confined to their hospital beds for the holiday.

Shifa Hospital's pediatric wing has been inundated with young victims since the Gaza conflict ramped up two weeks ago. According to the Associated Press, the U.N. estimates that at least 192 children and teens under the age of 17 have died since the recent violence. Roughly one in four of the Palestinians killed in this conflict is a child.

Though charity workers at Shifa have dressed up to celebrate the holiday with the children recovering in the hospital, no amount of presents can obscure the scars and bruises that have left their mark on the area's youngest and most vulnerable residents.

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    Marwan Hassanein, 4, receives a present for the Eid al-Fitr holiday, at the Shifa hospital in Gaza City, where he is hospitalized, Monday, July 28, 2014. Marwan was injured in head and eyes by shrapnel while fleeing with his family on July 20 during Israeli shelling in the Shijaiyah neighborhood. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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    A relative points at Marwan Hassanein, 4, at the Shifa hospital in Gaza City, where he is hospitalized, Monday, July 28, 2014. Marwan was injured in head and eyes by shrapnel while fleeing with his family on July 20 during Israeli shelling in the Shijaiyah neighborhood. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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    Palestinian Maha al-Sheikh Khalil, 7, left, receives a present by a charity worker dressed as a bear for the Eid al-Fitr holiday on a hospital bed in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Monday, July 28, 2014. Khalil has a shrapnel injury to her neck, which has caused paralysis to all of her limbs. Heavy Israeli shelling on the Shijaiyah neighborhood hit her house, killing seven members of her family including her mother. According to the family, the doctors informed them that there is nothing that they can do and they have to seek treatment and spinal cord surgery abroad. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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    Palestinian Maha al-Sheikh Khalil, 7, rests in her hospital bed after receiving a doll as a present for the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Monday, July 28, 2014. Maha has a shrapnel injury to her neck, which has caused paralysis to all her limbs. Heavy Israeli shelling on the Shijaiyah neighborhood hit her house, killing seven members of her family including her mother. According to the family, the doctors informed them that there is nothing that they can do and they have to seek treatment and spinal cord surgery abroad. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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    A relative of a child who was wounded in an Israeli strike, blows up a balloon in the corridor of the Shifa hospital in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Monday, July 28, 2014. A truce between Israel and Hamas militants remained elusive as diplomats sought to end the fighting at the start of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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    Muhammed al-Ajouz, 4, receives a present by a charity worker dressed as a bear for the Eid al-Fitr holiday, at the Shifa hospital in Gaza City, where he is hospitalised, Monday, July 28, 2014. Al-Ajouz was wounded by shrapnel during an Israeli strike. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

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