Year-in-review: Israeli forces target Palestinian children with impunity in 2021


By Defense for Children International – Palestine, 28.12.2021

Ramallah, December 28, 2021—In 2021, Israeli authorities, forces, and settlers targeted Palestinian children with military assaults, excessive force, arbitrary military detention, expulsions and home demolitions with impunity, according to documentation collected by Defense for Children International – Palestine.

Part 1: Israeli forces bombarded the Gaza Strip for 11 days in May, killing 60 Palestinian children

Israeli forces killed 60 children during Israel’s military assault on the Gaza Strip dubbed Operation Guardian of the Walls, according to documentation collected by DCIP. During the 11-day military assault between May 10 and 21, Israeli forces killed Palestinian children using tank-fired shells, live ammunition, and missiles dropped from weaponized drones and U.S.-sourced warplanes and Apache helicopters.

DCIP determined that seven Palestinian children were killed by unguided rockets fired by Palestinian armed groups within the Gaza Strip during the 11-day escalation of violence. A total of 67 Palestinian children were killed during the military assault, according to evidence collected by DCIP…

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