Days of Palestine, Jerusalem -Israeli occupation killed 25 Palestinian children in the last three months of 2015, injured more than 1,300 others, Unicef said on Saturday.
In a report, the international body, which has an office in Jerusalem, said: “Serious concerns arose regarding excessive use of force, particularly in relation to incidents where Palestinian children were shot dead by Israeli security forces.”
The report also said that the Israeli occupation injured more than 1,300 Palestinian children the spike of the current intifada, noting that most of them in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
UNICEF cited the example on October 25 in the West Bank city of Al-Khalil when a 17-year-old girl, who was “taken by the Israeli occupation soldiers for a search, shot with at least five bullets and killed.”
Regarding this field execution, the Unicef said: “Israeli authorities said that she had attempted to stab a policeman; however, an eyewitness stated that she was not presenting any threat at the time she was shot, and was shouting that she did not have a knife.”
Compared with the high toll for the October-December period, UNICEF recorded four Palestinian children killed and 165 injured between July and September.
The organisation also voiced alarm over the number of Palestinian children aged between 12 and 17 kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces, noting the tally stood at 422 at the end of December according to the Israeli prison service, the highest recorded since March 2009.
Israeli law allows Palestinian children from the age of 12 to be put on trial; however, Israeli children must be 18.