On Monday, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, begins a visit to the Palestinian Territories.
The visit will continue until December 16, during which he will learn about the Israeli “violations”, especially against Palestinian children.
The official Palestinian News Agency, Wafa, quoted the political advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Affairs, Ahmed Al-Deek, as saying that the Special Representative “will begin tomorrow (Monday) a special visit to Palestine, including the West Bank and Gaza Strip.”
He added that Gamba will meet during the visit “with the families of the Palestinian child victims, to see on the field the grave violations that amount to the level of crimes committed by the occupation forces against Palestinian children.”
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He stated that the UN representative “will submit a report to the Secretary-General in light of the testimonies she will obtain from the families of the victims, and from her meetings with Palestinian officials.”
He pointed out that the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, recently issued two reports in which he used “clear formulas regarding the violations of the occupying power against Palestinian children, and hinted in the last two reports that he would place Israel and its army on the list of shame, as a result of the continuation of these violations.”
According to a statement by the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Sunday, the visit of the Special Representative “comes in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates and the Permanent Observer Mission of the State of Palestine to the United Nations in New York.”
She added that the visit includes a meeting with Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh, high-level representatives of the government and other representatives of national institutions and specialists “to discuss the ongoing violations and crimes against the children of Palestine.”
According to United Nations data, seen by Anadolu Agency, the Israeli army killed 15 Palestinian children during search and arrest operations across the West Bank from the beginning of this year until November 21.