[News] Israel killed 31 children in Gaza during the past 31 days

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Wed Jul 26 12:46:08 EDT 2006


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Israel killed 31 children in Gaza during the past 31 days


Report, DCI-PS, 26 July 2006

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Palestinian relatives of Mahmoud Shabat, 15, mourn during his funeral 
in Beit Hanoun after he was killed by an Israeli air strike last 
night in the northern Gaza Strip July 11, 2006. 
(<http://www.maanimages.com>MaanImages/Wesam Saleh)

As Israel's siege on the Gaza Strip passes the one month milestone, 
Defence for Children International - Palestine Section (DCI/PS) would 
like to draw attention to the 31 Palestinian children whose deaths 
expose anew the degradation of the principles of international 
humanitarian law. The death of these children implicates both the 
parties to the conflict as well as those States not directly 
involved, but who, as third parties, are legally bound to enforce 
these principles.

Recalling that the Gaza Strip has been under belligerent occupation 
by Israel since 1967, and that it remains under occupation despite 
the 12 September 2005 'disengagement' of Israeli troops, the attacks 
by both the Israeli army and Palestinian armed groups in the past 
month have been characterized by their lack of respect for the 
customary international law principle of distinction. This principle 
requires combatants at all times to distinguish between civilians and 
civilian objects, and military objectives.

The Israeli tactics in Gaza have also been condemned as 
disproportionate by the EU and the UN Under-Secretary-General for 
Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator in that the 
incidental loss of Palestinian lives, injury of Palestinians and 
damage to Palestinian civilian infrastructure has been excessive in 
relation to the military advantage understood to be gained by Israel.

Israeli air, sea and ground troops have opened fire in civilian areas 
in the dense population centers of Gaza cities and refugee camps, 
including near hospitals, schools, and in crowded residential housing 
complexes on numerous occasions.

The following children have been killed by Israeli military actions 
in Gaza since 26 June 2006:

Anwar Isma'el Atallah, 12 years old Saleh Sleman Al Jemasi, 16 years 
old Ruwan Fareed Hajjaj, 5 years old Khalid Nidal Abed Al Karim 
Wahbeh, 1 year old Mahfouth Farid Nasseer, 15 years old Ahmad Ghaleb 
Abu Amshah, 16 years old Ahmed Fathi Odah Shabat, 16 years old Waleed 
Mahmoud Al Zinati, 12 years old Salah Adeen Hammad Abu Maktuma, 17 
years old Ibrahim Ali Khatoush, 15 years old Mahmoud Muhammad Al 
Asar, 15 years old Ibrahim Ali Al Nabaheen, 15 years old Ahmad Abdil 
Mina'm Abu Hajaj, 16 years old Nasrallah Nabil Abu Selmieh, 5 years 
old Aya Nabil Abu Selmieh, 7 years old Iman Nabil Abu Selmieh, 11 
years old Yahya Nabil Abu Selmieh, 9 years old Huda Nabil Abu 
Selmieh, 13 years old Basma Nabil Abu Selmieh, 15 years old Sumaia 
Nabil Abu Selmieh, 16 years old Raji Omar Deif Alla, 16 years old 
Muhanna Sa'ed Mesleh, 16 years old Ahmad Rawhee Abdo, 13 years old 
Ali Kamil Al Najar, 13 years old Fadwa Faisel al 'Urouqi, 13 years 
old Mohammad Awad Muhra, 17 years old Khitam Muhammad Tayeh, 11 years 
old Nadee Habib Al Ataar, 11 years old Saleh Ibrahim Nasser, 13 years 
old Bashir Abdullah Awad Abu Thaher, 12 years old Sabrine Naser 
Habib, 3 years old.

DCI/PS recalls that one of the predominant reasons for restrictions 
enshrined in the ius in bello (the law governing the conduct of 
warfare, or international humanitarian law) is to regulate combatant 
behavior such that acts will not be taken which are so grave as to 
prevent the return to peace. At a time when international political 
actors are calling for a return to the logic of 'durable solutions' 
to stop the current escalation in violence, DCI/PS asserts that 
nations at war remember no injuries as acutely as they remember the 
death of their children.

Thus, DCI/PS believes that any effective solutions to the current 
crisis and the crisis of the future must include a reiterated 
commitment to the principles of international humanitarian law, and 
particularly those principles relating to the protection of the 
civilian population and civilian infrastructure.


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