UN calls on Israel to be held accountable for killing Palestinian children

UN calls on Israel to be held accountable for killing Palestinian children

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, alarmed by the recent escalation of the mass murder of Palestinian children by Israel, is demanding accountability.

In a statement this Thursday, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Michelle Bachelet sounded the alarm about the high number of Palestinians killed or injured, including children and women, in the occupied Palestinian territories this year, particularly during the recent ones Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip.

Last week, 19 Palestinian children were killed, bringing the number of children killed so far this year to 37, according to Bachelet’s office. 17 children were killed during hostilities in Gaza from August 5-7 and two others were killed in Israeli incursions into the West Bank on August 9.

“Harming every child in the course of a conflict is deeply troubling; It is unacceptable to kill and maim so many children this year,” Bachelet said in the statement.

The UN human rights office has confirmed that 48 Palestinians were killed in Gaza last week, including 17 children and four women.

In addition, 360 Palestinians were injured in the recent Israeli attacks, including 151 children, 58 women and 19 elderly people, it was announced.

In violation of international humanitarian law, several Israeli attacks have prima facie hit properties that were clearly civilians, causing civilian casualties and damage to civilian objects, the High Commissioner said, and called for Israel to end these attacks.

Likewise, Bachelet has condemned the widespread use of live ammunition by Israeli forces in their operations in the West Bank, including eastern Al-Quds (Jerusalem), which has led to an alarming spike in Palestinian deaths in 2022, with the killing of 74 Palestinians. , including 20 children.

It has also called for a prompt, independent, impartial, full and transparent investigation into all incidents that resulted in death or injury.

He has denounced that all of this Israeli violence is taking place while “an almost total lack of accountability for violations of international humanitarian law persists in the occupied Palestinian territories.” “This climate of impunity, combined with long-standing violations, fuels the cycle of violence and the repetition of violations,” he warned.