Some 59 Palestinian children were killed and another 2,756 injured by Israeli forces last year, according to a United Nations report releases on Friday.
In the report to the Security Council, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said that this was the largest number of Palestinian children killed mainly by Israeli troops since 2014, though no parties were blacklisted in the annex to the annual Children in Armed Conflict report.
The Israeli UN mission did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the latest report. In 2015, the UN criticized Israel over its 2014 military assault on Gaza.
The UN chief urged Israel to immediately put in place preventive and protective measures to end the excessive use of force.
I condemn the increasing number of child casualties, which are often a result of attacks in densely populated areas and against civilian objects, including schools and hospitals, Guterres said in the report, produced by UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Virginia Gamba and issued in the Secretary General's name.
Diplomats say Israel has exerted pressure in recent years in a bid to stay off the blacklist, but to no avail
Source: International Islamic News Agency
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