Rights group: Israel violates laws aimed at protecting children in Gaza
Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights has said that Israel is escalating the targeting of children in Gaza and continues its “violations” of international laws aimed at “protecting children during armed conflicts”, Anadolu Agency reported on Sunday.
In its annual report, Al-Mezan said that Israel did not respect international and UN laws regarding Palestinians in Gaza, stressing that children are the most vulnerable as a result of Israeli violations.
The report said that the Israeli army killed seven children and wounded 213 in Gaza during 2015. In addition, 34 children were arrested during repeated invasions of the farmlands across the eastern border or during their attacks on the fishing boats off the Gaza coast.
Al-Mezan warned that the restrictions imposed by Israel on the coastal enclave constitute a “violation of international humanitarian law”.
On June 2014, Israel launched a 51-day offensive on Gaza that killed 2,322 Palestinians, including 578 children, and wounded more than 11,000 others.