JERUSALEM, 24 March 2011 – JERUSALEM, 24 March 2011 – UNICEF is deeply concerned about the recent escalation of violence in the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel and its impact on children.
“In the past weeks, we have witnessed a series of incidents in which Palestinian and Israeli children have lost their lives, sometimes in the most horrifying manner,” said Jean Gough, UNICEF Special Representative to the occupied Palestinian territory. “Many children have also been injured and have witnessed the deaths and injuries of close relatives. We call upon all parties to do everything in their power to protect children and put an end to violence.”
Since the beginning of the year, eight Palestinian children have died as a result of the violence, including three who were killed in the Gaza Strip two days ago. More than 60 children have been injured.
Yesterday, several Israeli children were injured by an explosive device planted near a bus stop in Jerusalem. Earlier this month, three Israeli children were killed in the West Bank, including a three-month old baby.
Rocket fire by Palestinian militants from Gaza towards Israel has recently escalated.
UNICEF calls on all parties to protect the rights and well-being of all children and to respect the Convention of the Rights of the Child, international humanitarian law and human rights law.
UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org
For more information please contact:
Catherine Weibel, UNICEF, occupied Palestinian territory,
Tel + 972-54-778-7604,