Palestinian rights groups have condemned Western countries for their silence about Israel’s massacre of children during the eight-day war on the Gaza Strip, Press TV reports.
On Monday, the al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, based in the Jabalia Palestinian refugee camp in the besieged enclave, accused Israeli military forces of systematically targeting Palestinian children.
“Children were the most targeted by the Israeli airstrikes. This is not the first time because during the last war children were also systematically targeted. This is nothing but another Israeli war crime, and Israel leaders must be brought to justice,” Samir Zaqqut, an official of the center said.
Many local nongovernmental organizations are attempting to alleviate the trauma in children who were affected by the airstrikes.
“When the children come here to the association, they speak about their experience in the war … They work with each other and express their feelings … they feel really free,” Alaa Salameh, an official in Youth Vision Association said.
Israel launched a major military offensive against the besieged Gaza Strip on November 14, which left over 160 Palestinians, including many women and children, dead and about 1,200 others injured.
In retaliation, Palestinian resistance fighters fired rockets and missiles into Israeli cities, killing at least five Israelis.
The violence ended after the Israeli regime and the Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas agreed to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire on November 21.