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UN says Palestinian children need not only education but security

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
The file photo shows a group of Palestinian children.

The United Nations says the Palestinian children, apart from education, are in need of security, too.

In a statement on Monday, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Lynn Hastings, stressed that “the children of Palestine deserve safety and security, not only education,” the Palestinian Information Center said.

Speaking on the resumption of the new school year for Palestinian children, she said that 2,200,000 children are returning to their schools in Palestine, emphasizing that they have the right to feel safe.

Hastings stressed that Palestinian children should be given special protection under international human rights law in respect of their special conditions.

According to figures provided by the UN official, since January, a total of 79 Palestinian children have been killed and 1,269 others wounded by the Israeli forces.

Hastings noted that 67 children were killed in the besieged Gaza Strip during Israel’s days-long aggression in May and another child was killed in June as a result of the explosive remnants of the Israeli attack. 

As for the occupied West Bank, including the eastern sector of the al-Quds city, Israeli forces killed 11 Palestinian children and wounded 584 others while the Israeli settlers injured 24 minors, she further said.

According to Hastings, since June 2021, 225 Palestinian children were also detained in Israeli detention centers.

In conclusion, the UN official stressed that the Tel Aviv regime has a responsibility for protecting Palestinian children and teachers from attacks conducted by Israeli settlers on their way to and from school.

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