Since May 8, Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank have shot and killed eight Palestinian children with live ammunition, according to evidence collected by Defense for Children International – Palestine.
In the first six months of this year, Israeli forces have killed nine Palestinian children in the West Bank, surpassing the number of child killings that DCIP documented there in all of 2020. Seven of these children were killed in the context of demonstrations or confrontations with Israeli forces and did not present a direct threat to life or of serious injury when they were shot, according to DCIP’s investigations. Israeli forces routinely fire live ammunition killing Palestinian children with impunity in situations where intentional lethal forces is not justified. The international community’s lack of political will to hold Israeli officials accountable, guarantees that Israeli soldiers will continue to unlawfully kill Palestinian children.
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