Special session to address the grave human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories including East Jerusalem

Statement by Defence for Children International


Supported by Humanium, Child Rights International Network

Madam President/Mr. Vice-President,

Since 10th May 2021, at least 230 Palestinians in Gaza and West Bank have been killed, including more than 67 children in Gaza and 3 children in the West Bank, while more than 8,130 Palestinians were injured, including 540 children in Gaza and 210 children in the West Bank.

DCI-Palestine documented at least two Israeli attacks in which there were mass child casualties. Eight children and two mothers were killed in Al-Shati refugee camp west of Gaza City early on May 15 when an Israeli warplane targeted the house they had gathered in to celebrate Eid al-Fitr. The only survivor of the attack was a five-month-old baby apparently shielded by his mother’s body. At least 18 children and 25 adults were killed in Israeli airstrikes on Al-Wedha Street in Gaza City at 1 a.m. on May 16.

The Gaza Strip’s essential civilian infrastructure, already weakened by a 14-year blockade, has rapidly deteriorated, including more than fifty schools damaged. The shelling and bombing leave children with mental and physical scars that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. After living through successive military offensives and the ongoing blockade children feel a deep sense of insecurity, fear, and hopelessness.

Children have the right to live free from violence and the threat of bombs. To ensure that children can look forward to a future without fear, there must be an unconditional lifting of the blockade and an end to the occupation.

Read the full statement here.

📹 You can also listen to the recorded video here