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United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
27 January 2005
Statement attributable to the UNICEF Special Representative in occupied Palestinian territory regarding the shooting of a three-year-old girl in Gaza
JERUSALEM, JAN 27, 2005 -- The UNICEF Special Representative in oPt, Dan Rohrmann, expressed his sadness today in the aftermath of the latest fatality, when yesterday, a three-year-old Rahma Ibrahim Abu Shamas was struck dead by a bullet while sitting in her house in a very poor area in the central Gaza Strip. Rohrmann said that unfortunately children have these days limited opportunities to play and exercise in areas safe for them and where they can be with their peers. Close to half of the children in West Bank and Gaza spend less time on extra-curricular activities. UNICEF and others are working tirelessly in promoting child survival and development. According to Defence for Children International - Palestine Section, twelve Palestinian children have been killed since the start of the New Year. Overall, since September 2000, statistics show that 688 Palestinian children and 104 Israeli children were killed as a result of the current conflict. According to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, children have the full right to be protected from violence.