The Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, is deeply concerned by the recent surge of extreme violence in Israel and the State of Palestine, and shocked at the impact of violence on children. She urges all parties to abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law and international human rights law, including the principles of proportionality, distinction and precaution.

The Special Representative further calls for all parties to protect children and prevent the commission of grave violations against them. She reminds that killing and maiming, attacks on schools and hospitals, and abduction, are grave violations against children, as is the recruitment and use of children which is prohibited under international law and that, regardless of their roles, under no circumstances should children below 18 years be involved in armed conflict.

The Special Representative stresses the need for all parties to allow humanitarian access to vulnerable communities, including children, to ensure the delivery of life-saving assistance, the denial of which is a grave violation.

“Only a lasting negotiated political solution to the situation can afford children of Israel and the State of Palestine the peace and security they need to fulfil their rights and secure their future. Violence is not an option” reminded the Special Representative.


For additional information, please contact:

Ariane Lignier, Communications Officer, Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict

+1-917 288 5791 /

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