OPT Violations Bulletin - Issue 21 - June 2012

Situation Report
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June 2012 - Overview

The month of June saw an escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip that left three children killed and at least eight injured.

On 1 June, a 17-year-old boy and his cousin were killed in an Israeli air strike on Gaza as they walked home from a funeral. Two days later, four siblings and a three-month old baby were injured in another air strike on central Gaza.

On 18 June 2012, a 17-year-old boy and his friend were killed as they tried to cross the Gaza border to find work inside Israel. Then, on 20 June, a 12-year-old boy was killed whilst having a picnic with his parents, when he was hit by a missile fired from a drone. In the same incident, two sisters and their fouryear-old cousin were injured as they played on their family land.

In June, DCI also documented the case of a 15-year-old boy from Bethlehem who was beaten and detained by Israeli soldiers while waiting to be picked up from school.

On 26 June, a delegation of UK lawyers published the report Children in Military Custody. The report finds that Israel‟s treatment of Palestinian child detainees violates the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Finally, on 27 June, a UN Special Rapporteur stated that the number of Palestinians affected by house demolitions has increased by 87 percent compared to last year. Half of those displaced are children.