DCI concludes investigations – Children make up approximately 23 percent of fatalities in Gaza

Posted on: 15 Dec 2012 | Filed under:

[15 December 2012] – According to investigations now completed by DCI, 33 out of the 158 Palestinians killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza between 14 and 21 November 2012 were children. Two additional children were killed by Palestinian rockets falling short and one child was killed whilst participating in hostilities, giving a total of 36 child fatalities. Six Israelis were killed during the same period, none were children.

The following table gives the breakdown of 33 child fatalities by age:

Age Number Percentage
0-5 12 37%
6-10 8 24%
11-15 9 27%
16-17 4 12%
Total 33 100%

The high proportion of children killed during the latest escalation in violence (23 percent) is reminiscent of Israel’s 2008 - 2009 attack on Gaza (“Operation Cast Lead”). During Cast Lead, out of a total of around 1,400 Palestinian fatalities, 352 were children, or 25 percent.

Between January 2000 and 30 November 2012, DCI has documented the deaths of 1,395 children killed as a result of Israeli military activity in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. This works out at approximately two children every week for the past 13 years.

The following table includes information on 33 children killed in eight days of Israeli attacks on Gaza:

# Name Age Date Details
1 Ronan Arafat 4 14 Nov Killed with his mother when his family home was directly hit in an airstrike.
2 Hanin Tafesh 9 months 15 Nov Killed when a bomb exploded in empty land adjacent to the family home.
3 Odai Naser 15 15 Nov Killed when a bomb exploded in empty land adjacent to the family home.
4 Fares al-Basyouni 8 15 Nov Killed when a bomb exploded in empty land adjacent to the family home.
5 Waleed Abdullah
2 15 Nov Killed when a missile exploded in agricultural land adjacent to the family home.
6 Ahmad Abu Elaian 14 15 Nov Died on 21 November from injuries sustained in a drone attack.
7 Tamer Seifan 3 18 Nov Killed when the family home was directly hit in a drone attack.
8 Jomana Seifan 2 18 Nov Killed when the family home was directly hit in a drone attack.
9 Tasneem an-Nahhal 9 18 Nov Killed when a shell exploded as she returned home from shopping.
10 Iyad Khusa 1 18 Nov Died from shrapnel wounds when his family home was directly hit in a drone attack.
11 Ashour Hamada 10 18 Nov Killed with his father when the vehicle they were travelling in was hit in a drone attack. Reports indicate they were selling water from the vehicle.
12 Hussein Nasr 6 18 Nov Killed when his family home was directly hit in a drone attack.
13 Jamal ad-Dalou 5 18 Nov Killed when his family home was directly hit in an airstrike.
14 Yousif ad-Dalou 3 18 Nov Killed when his family home was directly hit in an airstrike.
15 Ibrahim ad-Dalou 1 18 Nov Killed when his family home was directly hit in an airstrike.
16 Sara ad-Dalou 7 18 Nov Killed when her family home was directly hit in an airstrike.
17 Yara ad-Dalou 14 18 Nov Killed when her family home was directly hit in an airstrike.
18 Mohammad Abu Zor 3 18 Nov Killed in a secondary attack after their family home was hit in an airstrike.
19 Suhaib Hejazi 2 19 Nov Killed along with his father and brother when his family home was directly hit in an airstrike.
20 Mohammad Hejazi 4 19 Nov Killed along with his father and brother when his family home was directly hit in an airstrike.
21 Omar al-Astal 14 19 Nov Killed with his uncle in a drone attack as they were walking in the street.
22 Ahmad an-Nasasra 17 19 Nov Killed when the family home was bombed.
23 Mohammad Ashour 8 20 Nov Killed in a drone attack as he played outside with his cousins.
24 Osama Shehada 17 20 Nov Killed with his uncle in a drone attack.
25 Yahia Awad 13 20 Nov Killed in a drone strike whilst hunting birds with a net.
26 Mahmoud al Arja 16 20 Nov Killed by a tank shell along with his friend.
27 Ibrahim Hamad 16 20 Nov Killed by a tank shell along with his friend.
28 Mahmoud Abu Khusa 13 21 Nov Killed in an airstrike whilst playing in the street.
29 Abeer al-'Asali 11 21 Nov Killed with her father and brother in a drone attack on their land.
30 Amira Abu Nasr 14 21 Nov Killed with her grandfather in a drone attack on their land.
31 Abed Naim 10 21 Nov Died from injuries sustained in an airstrike near his house.
32 Nader Abu Maghasib 15 21 Nov Killed in an airstrike whilst shopping near his house.
33 Riham an Nabahin 8 21 Nov Killed in a drone attack.