MIDDLE EAST: The Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict calls for all parties to protect schools and children
Yesterday’s shooting at a Jerusalem religious school resulted in the killing of 8 students, most of them 15 or 16 years of age, by an East Jerusalem gunman. It is one more shocking violation of children’s rights in the ongoing conflict there. Between 27 February and 3 March, 27 children were killed and 2 schools and 1 health facility were attacked in Gaza, as a result of incursions by the Israeli Defense Forces.
“Schools must be kept out of the conflict space – Ms. Coomaraswamy said – and all parties should respect and preserve them as zones of peace.”