UN slams ‘unconscionable’ killing of Palestinian children

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Palestinians assess the damage in a building, following Israeli air strikes in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on August 7, 2022. (File photo: AFP)
GENEVA, Switzerland — The UN rights chief voiced alarm Thursday at the number of Palestinian children killed and wounded this month and demanded those responsible be brought to account.اضافة اعلان

Last week saw three days of intense aerial and artillery bombardment of the Gaza Strip by Israeli occupation forces.

“Inflicting hurt on any child during the course of conflict is deeply disturbing,” Michelle Bachelet, the UN high commissioner for human rights, said in a statement.

“The killing and maiming of so many children this year is unconscionable.”

Her office said 19 Palestinian children had been killed in the Palestinian territories in the recent Israeli violence, taking the total number this year to 37.

The latest child casualty was 10-year-old Liyan Al-Shaer, who died in a Jerusalem hospital Thursday from a head wound sustained in the latest round of Israeli violence on Gaza.

Seventeen children were killed during the Israeli assault on the strip from August 5 to 7, while two more were killed on Tuesday in raids by Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank.

The UN Human Rights Office OHCHR said that among the 48 Palestinians killed in last week’s Gaza conflict. They included the 17 children.

Of the 360 Palestinians reported injured, 151 were children, OHCHR said.

Three Gazan children are on life-support systems at a hospital in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem, the official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported Thursday.

“In a number of incidents, children were the majority of casualties,” Bachelet’s office said.

“Launching an attack which may be expected to incidentally kill or injure civilians, or damage civilian objects, in disproportionate manner to the concrete and direct military advantage anticipated, is prohibited,” she said.

“Such attacks must stop.”

Bachelet’s office said that, also in violation of international humanitarian law, Palestinian resistance groups launched hundreds of rockets and mortars.

Bachelet called for investigations into all incidents where any person was killed or injured.

“An almost total lack of accountability persists in the occupied Palestinian territory,” she said.

“Whether for violations of international humanitarian law by all parties in hostilities in Gaza, or for recurring Israeli violations of international human rights law and the law of occupation in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.”

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