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UN slams ‘unconscionable’ killing of Palestinian youngsters

Nineteen Palestinian youngsters have been killed within the occupied territories within the current unrest, taking the full quantity this 12 months to 37, the UN says. — AFP/ Stated Khatib

GENEVA: The UN rights chief voiced alarm Thursday on the variety of Palestinian youngsters killed and wounded this month and demanded these accountable be dropped at account.

Final week,  the Israeli air and artillery strikes focused positions of the  Islamic Jihad group.

“Inflicting harm on any baby in the course of the course of battle is deeply disturbing,” Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations excessive commissioner for human rights, stated in an announcement.

“The killing and maiming of so many youngsters this 12 months is unconscionable.”

Her workplace stated 19 Palestinian youngsters had been martyred in Palestine in the course of the current unrest, taking the full quantity this 12 months to 37.

The newest baby casualty was 10-year-old Liyan al-Shaer, who died in a Jerusalem hospital Thursday from a head wound sustained within the newest spherical of Gaza violence.

Seventeen youngsters embraced martyrdom in the course of the Gaza hostilities from August 5 to 7, whereas two extra misplaced their lives on Tuesday in Israeli legislation enforcement operations within the West Financial institution.

The UN Human Rights Workplace OHCHR stated that among the many 48 Palestinians killed in final week’s Gaza battle, there have been a minimum of 22 civilians. They included 17 youngsters.

Of the 360 Palestinians reported injured, practically two-thirds have been civilians, together with 151 youngsters, OHCHR stated.

Three Gazan youngsters are on life-support techniques at a hospital in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, the official Palestinian information company Wafa reported Thursday.

“In a lot of incidents, youngsters have been nearly all of casualties,” Bachelet’s workplace stated.

“Launching an assault which can be anticipated to accidentally kill or injure civilians, or harm civilian objects, in a disproportionate method to the concrete and direct navy benefit anticipated, is prohibited,” she stated.

“Such assaults should cease.”

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