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May 10, 2003

Breakdown of Palestinian Child Injuries (1 January - April 2003)



As of the 1st of May 2003 , DCI /PS has documented the injury of 679 Palestinian children at the hands of Israeli forces or settlers over the first four months of the year.

The use of increased force against the Palestinian population that started with the incursions of Operation Defensive Shield last year is still very evident today. This has been reflected by rising numbers of child injuries and deaths (see other statistics) caused by heavy weaponry, live bullets and shrapnel, rather than the light weaponry usually associated with civilian law and order. Moreover, the high rate of children injured in more than one part of the body, supports the contention that the Israeli military are not showing restraint in their use of force, even in areas where children are found.

In terms of locations, Nablus and Hebron are the foremost danger spots for Palestinian children in the West Bank . However, the crowded streets of Gaza remain the most dangerous location for children, recording 270 child injuries over the first four months of 2003 alone. Gaza also holds the record for child deaths; 61% of all child deaths to mid-June 2003, have occurred in this small crowded piece of land.

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

107

Jerusalem

3

Bethlehem

2

Ramallah

32

Gaza

270

Qalqilya

11

Nablus

161

Tulkarem

85

Jenin

7

Jericho

1

TOTAL

679

Breakdown according to Age Group

AGE GROU P

NUMBER

PERCENTAGE

0-8 years

64

-

9-12 years

136

-

13-15 years

233

-

16-17 years

246

-

TOTAL

679

-

Breakdown of Injury by Means

CAUSE OF INJURY

NUMBER

PERCENTAGE

Live bullets

178

-

Steel bullets

97

-

Gas

21

-

Shrapnel*

174

-

UXO

3

-

Beating

96

-

Trauma

9

-

Machine Gun

1

-

Fall

62

-

House Demolition

12

-

More than one

17

-

Other

4

-

Energia

2

-

Vehicular Manslaughter

3

-

TOTAL

679

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

122

-

Head

106

-

Chest

27

-

Back

20

-

Eyes

15

-

Neck

10

-

Abdomen

15

-

Limbs

294

-

Pelvis

8

-

Asphyxiation

21

-

Bruises

31

-

Panic attack

10

-

TOTAL

679

100%


Breakdown by Month

MONTH

NUMBER

PERCENTAGE

January

180

-

February

156

-

March

183

-

April

160

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