On 27 April, the summary of the UN Board of Inquiry report on Gaza was released and included UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s condemnation of the Israeli strikes on seven UNRWA schools in Gaza during last summer’s conflict “as a matter of the utmost gravity”, restating the inviolability of UN premises.
According to the latest report issued by Human Rights Watch, Palestinian minors are used as labour force for the agricultural industry in Israeli settlements. The report indicates that “Palestinian children as young as 11 are paid low wages and work under dangerous conditions in violation of international standards”.
UNICEF hosted an inter-cluster/agency assessment workshop and training led by OCHA Geneva in Gaza to tailor the Multi-agency Initial Rapid Assessment (MIRA) tools for the context of Palestine.
7 April marked World Health Day. The situation in Gaza continues to worsen due to the consequences of the conflict and the closure, which are also preventing the population, including children, from accessing safe and effective health services. UNICEF continues its engagement on improving the health and nutrition of new-born children at the family level through the promotion of breastfeeding practices to mothers.
In Palestine, during the first quarter of 2015, there was a decrease in the reported number of Palestinian children injured as a result of clashes between Palestinian and Israeli security forces (ISF), military operations, settler-violence and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW), with 104 children injured compared to 300 in the last quarter of 2014. However, the percentage of child injuries by live ammunition in the first quarter of 2015 (36 percent) is higher than the last quarter of 2014 (28 percent).