UN Expert Accuses Israel of Potential War Crime in Killing of Palestinian Boys

Israeli soldiers killed two Palestinian boys, 15 and 8, in Jenin, West Bank. Evidence suggests serious human rights violations, including a potential war crime. The incident is part of a broader pattern of IDF-related deaths of young children, sparking international outrage.

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UN Expert Accuses Israel of Potential War Crime in Killing of Palestinian Boys

UN Expert Accuses Israel of Potential War Crime in Killing of Palestinian Boys

Israeli soldiers have been accused of killing two Palestinian boys, Basil, 15, and Adam, 8, in Jenin, West Bank.

According to UN special rapporteur Ben Saul and other legal experts, evidence suggests serious human rights violations occurred, including a potential war crime in the case of Adam's death.

Footage and analysis indicate that Adam was unarmed when the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) opened fire on him and a group of local boys. While the IDF accused Basil of possessing explosives, experts agree that the use of such force against young children requires investigation. The IDF has denied responsibility and claimed the boys intended to throw explosives, but the Palestinian Red Crescent says similar attacks occur 'systemically'.

Why this matters: This incident is part of a broader pattern of IDF-related deaths of young children in the West Bank and Gaza, raising concerns about the use of excessive force and potential human rights abuses. The killing of unarmed children has sparked international outrage and calls for accountability.

The deaths of Adam and Basil have drawn condemnation from human rights organizations and the international community. "The incident suggests serious human rights violations, including a potential war crime in Adam's case," stated UN special rapporteur Ben Saul. The IDF has said it is 'reviewing' the circumstances of the boys' deaths, which is standard procedure for each child's death in the West Bank related to the IDF.

Key Takeaways

  • IDF killed 2 Palestinian boys, Basil (15) and Adam (8), in Jenin, West Bank.
  • Evidence suggests serious human rights violations, including a potential war crime.
  • IDF accused Basil of possessing explosives, but use of force against children requires investigation.
  • This incident is part of a broader pattern of IDF-related deaths of young children.
  • The killings have sparked international outrage and calls for accountability.