Defense Children International-Palestine DCIP stated that Israeli occupation forces use lethal force against Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank.
DCIP reported that Israeli occupation forces killed three Palestinian children at the very beginning of 2023: Adam Ayyad, Fuad Abed, and Amer Zaytoun.
Under international law, intentional lethal force is only justified in circumstances where a direct threat to life or serious injury is present, the DCIP said.
It added that investigations and evidence collected by DCIP regularly suggest that Israeli forces use lethal force against Palestinian children in circumstances that may amount to extrajudicial or wilful killings.
“Palestinian children live in a hyper-militarized context where the Israeli military’s nighttime and early morning incursions into Palestinian communities to arrest and intimidate Palestinian civilians is the norm,” said Ayed Abu Eqtaish, accountability program director at DCIP.
Israel killed about 53 Palestinian children in 2022, according to figures published by DCIP. 36 were shot dead by Israeli forces or settlers in the West Bank while 17 others were massacred in Gaza during Israel’s August offensive.