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Sunday, 06 March 2016 06:13

Israeli forces martyred 41 Palestinian children in 5 months

Israeli forces martyred 41 Palestinian children in 5 months
Zionist regime’s forces have martyred 41 Palestinian children in the occupied territories in the past five months, says the Defense for Children International’s Palestine branch (DCIP).

DCIP’s Friday statement did not include a 2-year-old toddler who was martyred along with her pregnant mother when their home was targeted by an Israeli airstrike in the besieged Gaza Strip, Ma’an News Agency reported Saturday.

The figure 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 and martyred during clashes.

Bodies of two of the children are still being held by Tel Aviv authorities, according to DCIP's statement, which further insisted that Israeli officials have not opened “full and transparent investigations” into any of the killings, and reportedly rejected several autopsy requests by families of the victims.

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.”


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