RAMALLAH, November 18, 2015 (WAFA): The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), on the eve of International Child Day, maintained that Palestinian children remain victims of the ongoing Israeli violence.
“Due to the Israeli provocations and the repeated raids of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and daily attacks on the Palestinians, the Palestinian children became the prime victims of such violations since late October this year,” said PCBS.
According to the Ministry of Health, Israeli soldiers killed 18 children in the West Bank and Gaza Strip until 16 November 2015. “Children represent thus far 20% of all martyrs.”
During the last war on the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2014, 540 children (340 males and 200 females) aging 10 days to 17 years were killed. Furthermore, 2,956 children (1,938 males and 1,018 females) were injured, 1,500 children were orphaned, and 54,000 children became homeless, said PCBS.
Regarding Israel’s detention of Palestinian children, data from the Prisoners’ Affairs Commission showed that 3,755 children were detained during the period 2010- 2014.
Defense for Children International stated that the number of children detained in the Israeli prisons from the beginning of January until the end of August 2015 reached 1,322 children.
Additionally, during October, 2015 more than 600 children under the age of 16 years were arrested and imprisoned in Israeli jails, 60% of whom were arrested from their homes and there are 5 of them were arrested after they were shot, added PCBS.
Regarding Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes, PCBS said that, “The number of houses demolished by Israeli authorities in East Jerusalem in the period from 2004 till mid-2014 reached 545 dwellings. Subsequently, 2,115 persons, including 1,140 children lost their homes.”
“In the period from 2006 to 2014 Israel demolished at least 817 residential units of Palestinians in the West Bank (excluding East Jerusalem), displacing thus 3,956 Palestinians including 1,925 minors.”
PCBS added that, “Israeli authorities repetitively demolishes houses in the Jordan Valley and southern Hebron as well as in the villages unrecognized by Israel, until 15 December 2014, it had demolished houses displacing at least 556 Palestinians including 286 minors in these areas, some of these houses were demolished several times.”
On a different note, PCBS said that, “50,000 children, enrolled in 183 schools in area C, do not enjoy access to education because of insufficient schools and risk on the way to school.”
According to Save the Children, UNICEF and the Ministry of Education data, more than 1,700 children in 37 localities in area C walked about 5 kilometers or more to school.
“Around 2,500 children were forced to cross military checkpoints to reach school on a daily basis, while 10,000 children were learning in tents, caravans and tin shacks that provided no protection against heat or cold.”