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UN expresses concern for children’s rights in Gaza

Gazan children stage a protest against power cuts, demanding Israel's over a decade long blockade to end and their right to treatment to be returned, in front of Beit Hanoun Border Gate in Gaza City, Gaza on 24 July, 2018 [Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency]
Gazan children stage a protest against power cuts, demanding Israel's over a decade long blockade to end and their right to treatment to be returned, in front of Beit Hanoun Border Gate in Gaza City, Gaza on 24 July, 2018 [Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency]

A group of senior UN officials voiced concerns Wednesday for the violation of children’s rights in Gaza, Anadolu reports.

“Senior UN humanitarian officials in the Occupied Palestinian Territory have expressed their deep concern for the continued violation of children’s rights in and around the Gaza strip,” said Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for UN Secretary-General at a news briefing.

“The senior UN officials describe how children in Gaza continued to be killed and injured,” said Haq.

Tensions between Israel and Palestine have increased in the past year. According to a report by Human Rights Watch, Israel security forces incarcerated Palestinian children alleged to have committed criminal offences.

Read: Israel killed 25 Palestinian children this year

Security forces also questioned children without the knowledge of family members and jailed them alongside adults after their arrests.

Haq mentioned officials noted both Israel and Palestine should be mindful of children’s rights.

“They called on all sides to put children’s rights ahead of any other considerations, and to take immediate steps to alleviate their suffering,” said Haq.

The officials include Jamie McGoldrick, the UN humanitarian coordinator for Palestine, James Heenan, head of the office of the High Commission for Human Rights and Genevive Boutin, UNICEF’s special representative for Palestine.

Watch: The press conference at the UN

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