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Kuwait condemns Israeli violence against Palestinian children

Wounded Palestinian children are seen after an Israeli settler deliberately ran over them on 10 August 2017 [English.palinfo]

Kuwait’s Minister of Social Affairs and Labour has condemned Israeli violence against Palestinian children, Anadolu reported on Monday. Hind Al-Sabeeh made her comments during a speech at a conference in the Gulf state about the plight of Palestinian children under the Israeli occupation.

The two-day conference was inaugurated on Sunday in the presence of the Emir of Kuwait, the Palestinian Authority President, the Secretary General of the Arab League and other officials.

“The suffering of Palestinian children under the Israeli occupation is a violation of the conventions and agreements on children’s rights,” said Al-Sabeeh. “We condemn the violations of their right to live through killing hundreds of them and wounding thousands during military operations carried out in densely populated areas with high numbers of children.”

The minister explained that the children of Palestine live in exceptional conditions due to the Israeli occupation of their land and property. “Furthermore, there are systematic and flagrant violations of their rights due to illegal settlement expansion, land confiscation and home demolitions.”

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Participants in the conference expressed their concern about the suffering of the children in occupied Palestine. “Their lives are endangered,” Al-Sabeeh pointed out, “and they are exposed to torture, racism, discrimination and enforced displacement.”

Using international law as the arbiter, she added, Israel must be held accountable for its violations across the occupied Palestinian territories. “Israel must also be obliged to commit to all conventions and protocols related to children’s rights and give guarantees that it will not repeat such violations.”

In closing, the minister called on Israel to compensate the Palestinian children and prosecute the officials responsible for such illegal activities.

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