Geneva, August 13 (SO News/Agency) The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has expressed concern over the death and injuries of a large number of Palestinians, including children, in recent attacks in Gaza. “It is extremely deplorable that any child should be subjected to any form of violence during the conflict,” Bachelet said in a statement released Thursday. The killing and maiming of so many children this year is a shame for humanity.”
He said, “The situation in Palestine is critical. Extreme restraint is required to stop the bleeding. It is imperative to ensure that international standards in the use of weapons are strictly followed”.
The United Nations human rights office said it had confirmed the death of 48 Palestinians from August 5 to 7 in last week’s violence. At least 22 of them were civilians, including 17 children and four women.
Figures from the United Nations Human Rights Office also show that 19 Palestinian children have been killed in Occupied Palestine over the past week, bringing the total to 37 so far this year. Tensions are high in the West Bank amid cease-fire efforts in Gaza, where four Palestinians were killed and 90 wounded in a shooting on August 9.