Palestinians have slammed the Israeli regime for killing children and called on the international community to hold the Tel Aviv regime accountable for its crimes.
In the latest incident, six-year-old Israa Abu Khussa and her 10-year-old brother Yasin were killed on March 12 after a missile fired by the Israeli air force hit near their home in Beit Lahiya.
Referring to the incident, Jamal Dajani, Director of Strategic Communications and Media for Palestinian Authority Prime Minister, he said that the Israeli regime continues to act above the law and murder children.”
“Israeli leaders have blood on their hands, how do they justify the killing of innocent children?” Dajani said.
The official said at least 1,000 Palestinian children had been killed during the six major military offenses carried out by Israel on the Gaza Strip since 2005.
In October a two-year-old Palestinian and her pregnant mother were also killed in an Israeli airstrike, which caused their home to collapse. A five-year-old was also killed by unexploded Israeli ordnance last month, left behind from a previous war.
Palestinian deaths in the Gaza Strip have in the past been accompanied by international outcry against policies that many argue enable the Israeli military to kill civilians.
Meanwhile the Defense for Children International’s Palestine branch (DCIP) says the Israeli regime forces have killed 41 Palestinian children in the occupied territories in the past five months. The toll includes 31 Palestinians below the age of 18 who were accused by Israeli forces of carrying out knife or gun attacks, as well as other youths shot dead during clashes.
DCIP also censured the Israeli regime’s indiscriminate “shoot-to-kill” policy against Palestinian children saying, “International law requires that intentional lethal force be used only when absolutely unavoidable.”
Over 190 Palestinians and over 30 Zionist have now been killed across the occupied territories since October last year following the start of the third Palestinian Intifada or uprising.
Tensions heightened in the Palestinian territories in August 2015, when the Israeli regime imposed restrictions on the entry of Palestinian Muslim worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds. The recent al-Quds Intifada was also ignited to end the temporal and spatial division of al-Aqsa Mosque, the Israeli settlement construction, the Judaism schemes, and Israeli regimes brutal attacks on Palestinians.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently said that it was “human nature” for Palestinians to react violently to Israel’s decades-long military occupation, and urged change in Israel’s policies in the occupied territories.