The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas says the international community needs to intervene to end Israel’s violations against Palestinian children.
In a statement released on Sunday, Hamas said the regime denies ill children treatment, medicine and food supply by keeping the Gaza Strip blockaded.
Hamas said in the occupied West Bank, Israel keeps kidnapping and jailing minors, and in cases even killing them, and placing them under house arrest or using them as human shields.
The Hamas statement was issued on the occasion of the International Day of Innocent Children, Victims of Aggression. The day is a United Nations observance held on June 4 every year.
“This day comes again to remind the world of the continued human suffering, persecution and violations that the children of Palestine are exposed to as a result of the occupation state’s endless and growing aggression.”
Israel, the statement said, uses the worst types of psychological and physical torture against Palestinian children.
Hamas highlighted the suffering of more than 160 Palestinian children locked up in Israeli jails. So far in 2023, Hamas said, over two dozen children have been killed in Israeli prisons.
Hamas called on human rights groups to shoulder responsibilities toward Palestinian children.
On June 1, a Palestinian rights advocacy group said in a report that Israeli authorities systematically deny imprisoned Palestinian children from the West Bank fair trial rights and prosecute them in military courts.