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PM: Israel acted 'above the law' in killing of Gazan children

March 15, 2016 9:47 A.M. (Updated: March 16, 2016 11:03 A.M.)
Palestinian youths in Aida refugee camp list the names of the children killed in the Israeli military assault on the Gaza Strip, on July 28, 2014. (AFP/Musa al-Shaer, File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- The Palestinian Prime Minister’s office on Tuesday slammed Israel for “acting above the law” and called on the international community to hold Israel accountable for the deaths of two children killed in an airstrike on Gaza last week.

Six-year-old Israa Abu Khussa and her 10-year-old brother Yasin were killed on March 12 after a missile fired by the Israeli air force hit near their home in Beit Lahiya.

Addressing the incident, Jamal Dajani, Director of Strategic Communications and Media for Prime Minister Hamdallah said: “Israel continues to act above the law and murder children.”

"Israeli leaders have blood on their hands, how do they justify the killing of innocent children?" Dajani said.

The official said at least 1,000 Palestinian children had been killed during the six major military offenses carried out by Israel on the Gaza Strip since 2005.

Sporadic rocket fire from the besieged coastal enclave over the past year have in a number of cases been answered by Israeli airstrikes reportedly targeting Hamas infrastructure.

In October a two-year-old Palestinian and her pregnant mother were also killed in an Israeli airstrike, which caused their home to collapse. A five-year-old was also killed by unexploded Israeli ordnance last month, left behind from a previous war.

Palestinian deaths in the Gaza Strip have in the past been accompanied by international outcry against policies that many argue enable the Israeli military to kill civilians.

Israel last summer closed a probe into the death of four Palestinian children killed when Israel bombed a beach during the 2014 war, clearing members of the Israeli military of accountability for the incident.

Weeks later, Amnesty International said Israel’s system of military investigation fails to meet standards to carry out effective investigation into potential war crimes.
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