UNICEF is alarmed by the latest escalation of violence that has left many children dead and injured in the States of Palestine and Israel. All children are entitled to special protection under international human rights law, and all their rights including the right to life and protection must be upheld at all times.
Children continue to pay the highest price for violence. Since the start of 2023, 7 Palestinian children and one Israeli child have been killed. Many more were injured or have been affected by the spiral of violence.
As the situation remains very volatile, UNICEF fears that an increasing number of children will suffer.
UNICEF appeals to all parties to de-escalate, exercise the utmost restraint, and refrain from using violence, especially against children, in accordance with international law. Violence is never a solution, and all forms of violence against children are unacceptable.