Statement: Situation in State of Palestine and Israel at dangerous tipping point

12th May 2021

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore

NEW YORK, 12 May 2021 – “At least 14 children in the State of Palestine and 1 child in Israel have been reported killed since Monday.

“Another 95 children in Gaza and the West Bank – including East Jerusalem – and 3 children in Israel have reportedly been injured in the past five days.

“The situation is at a dangerous tipping point. The level of violence and its impact on children is devastating. We are on the brink of a full-scale war. In any war, children – all children – suffer first and suffer most.

“I call on all sides to end all violence and de-escalate tensions. I urge all sides to protect all civilians, especially children, to spare essential civilian infrastructure from attacks, and to end violations against children. I remind all sides of their obligations under international humanitarian law and human rights law.”

ENDS

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Juliette Touma, Regional Chief of Communications, UNICEF Middle East and North Africa Regional Office, Tel: 00962798674628, Email: jtouma@unicef.org
Najwa Mekki, UNICEF New York, Tel: 0019172091804, Email: nmekki@unicef.org