In this briefing note, Watchlist highlights abductions of children in situations of armed conflict and the detention of children allegedly associated with armed forces or groups, through examining the Secretary-General’s annual reports from 2002 to 2014.
The Watchlist estimates that over 370 children under age 18 have been killed since September 2000, and thousands more have been injured in violence between Israelis and Palestinians.1 Children represent approximately 15 percent of all individuals killed in that time period. Israeli and Palestinian children are also suffering serious physical and psychosocial effects from the escalation of violent conflict. In some cases, they themselves have perpetrated violence. This report is a call for immediate action to protect Palestinian and Israeli children.