Israeli occupying forces have killed some 11 Palestinian children since January 2017, Defence for Children International – Palestine (DCIP) reported.
Ten of the slain children were shot to death and many more suffered injuries to the head or chest.
The last victim of Israeli regime’s aggression was 17-year-old Muhammad Laafi who was killed in protests during last Friday’s “Day of Rage” when Israeli forces clashed with Palestinian protestors demanding free access to al-Aqsa Mosque.
DCIP released a statement, urging the Israeli army to abide by international law and show restraint: “Article 3 of the UN Code of Conduct adds that every effort must be made to avoid the use of firearms, especially against children.”
The group also called for investigations to be opened for all allegations of crimes committed against children, especially those in which minors have been killed.
According to the Ramallah-based NGO, 35 Palestinian children were killed by Israeli forces in occupied Jerusalem and West Bank in 2016.
Israel is also infamous for arresting Palestinian minors and abusing them regularly. The regime arrested 331 Palestinian children between January and May this year, a 62 percent increase on figures from 2012 to 2015, DCIP reported.
“For over a decade, ill-treatment of Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system has been widespread and systematic,” said Ayed Abu Eqtaish, the Accountability Programme Director at DCIP.