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Palestinian children killed by Israeli forces with live ammunition and crowd control weapons
Defence for Children International welcomes the opportunity to speak in this session.
Between January 2013 and June 2018, Israeli forces and settlers killed at least 649 Palestinian children
in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza
Strip, according to documentation
collected by Defence for Children International
While the majority of these deaths occurred during the summer 2014 Israeli military offensive on
Gaza, known as Operation Protective Edge, Israeli forces
killed at least 106 Palestinian children outside
of this military assault across the Occupied Palestinian Territory with live ammunition or crowd control
Analysing these specific incidents shows Israeli forces increasingly targeted Palestinian
live ammunition to quash protests beginning in 2014.
In subsequent years, the increasing use of live ammunition combined with complete lack of
accountability has created a situation where Palestinian children are routinely shot and killed with
impunity in circumstances that do not justify the use of intentional lethal force.
In the first six months of 2018, Israeli forces killed at least 21 Palestinian children with live ammunition
or crowd control weapons in the West Bank and Gaza, including 1
6 Palestinian children killed between
March 30 and June 18 along the Gaza perimeter fence during the
“March of Return” protests.
Therefore, Defense for Children International urges all members of the Human Rights Council to:
Condemn Israeli forces’ use of
excessive force against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank,
including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip;
Urge Israel to provide access to all United Nations
human rights mechanisms and special
procedures to enable impartial monitoring and advance accountability,
independent International Commission of Inquiry to investigate all violations of international
humanitarian law and international human rights law, including recent killings of Palestinian
protesters in the context of recent protests in Gaza, established at the 28th
Special Session of
the Council in May 2018; and
Take urgent action to end of all forms of collective punishment caused by the ongoing
blockade on Gaza 2007,
which significantly affects the human rights of the civilian
population including children.