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February 14, 2003

Breakdown of Palestinian Child Injuries, 2002



As of 31 December, DCI /PS has documented the injury of 2,524 Palestinian children at the hands of Israeli forces or settlers in 2002. Operation Defensive Shield involving the Israeli invasion of Palestinian “ A ” areas in March/April 2002, caused the highest rate of child casualties; indeed 27% of all injuries took place over that two month period. The use of increased force against the Palestinian population from that time, has been reflected in rising numbers of child injuries caused by heavy weaponry, live bullets and shrapnel, rather than the light weaponry usually associated with civilian law and order.

In terms of location, Nablus and Hebron are the foremost danger spots for Palestinian children in the West Bank. However, the crowded streets of Gaza have been the most dangerous location for children throughout the al- Aqsa intifida , witnessing 635 injuries in 2002, alongside 84 deaths.

Breakdown according to District

DISTRICT

NUMBER

Hebron

469

Jerusalem

11

Bethlehem

25

Ramallah

245

Gaza

635

Qalqilya

35

Nablus

627

Tulkarem

288

Jenin

183

Jericho

6

TOTAL

2524

Breakdown according to Age Group

AGE GROU P

NUMBER

PERCENTAGE

0-8 years

403

16%

9-12 years

584

23%

13-15 years

830

33%

16-17 years

707

28%

TOTAL

2524

100%

Breakdown of Injury by Means

CAUSE OF INJURY

NUMBER

PERCENTAGE

Live bullets

497

19.7%

Steel bullets

202

8%

Gas

90

3.6%

Shrapnel*

619

24.5%

UXO

43

1.7%

Beating

451

17.9%

Trauma

17

0.7%

Machine Gun

5

0.2%

Fall

410

16.2%

House Demolition

25

1.0%

More than one

30

1.2%

Other

135

5.3%

TOTAL

2524

100%

• These cases include children who have died from shrapnel from live bullets, machine guns, rocket fragments, or from exploding cans.

Breakdown according to Location of Injury

LOCATION

NUMBER

PERCENTAGE

More than one location

502

19.9%

Head

339

13.4%

Chest

59

2.3%

Back

67

2.7%

Eyes

72

2.9%

Neck

22

0.9%

Abdomen

55

2.2%

Limbs

906

35.9%

Pelvis

21

0.8%

Asphyxiation

89

3.5%

Bruises

340

13.5%

Panic attack

52

2.1%

TOTAL

2524

100%


Breakdown by Month (until 31 December 2002)

MONTH

NUMBER

PERCENTAGE

January

87

3.4%

February

147

5.8%

March

360

14.3%

April

318

12.6%

May

212

8.4%

June

165

6.5%

July

175

6.9%

August

233

9.2%

September

263

10.4%

October

236

9.4%

November

158

6.3%

December

170

6.7%

TOTAL

2524

100%

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