On 27 December 2008, Israel launched Operation Cast Lead with targeted air strikes followed by a ground invasion amidst continued bombardment from land and sea. In the first day of the offensive, 16-year-old Shaban was killed as a result of heavy air strikes in the vicinity of the UNRWA vocational school in Gaza. He was seriously injured while waiting for the school bus at the entrance of the school and died four days later in a hospital in Israel.
Child killed in the attack:
• Shaban Adel Hamed Hanif (16)
DCI-Palestine documented the deaths of 352 children as a direct result of military attacks during Operation Cast Lead. Many of them were killed as a result of Israeli military attacks targeting schools or alleged military objectives located in close proximity to schools. To date, DCI-Palestine has documented the killing of at least 32 children and the injuring of at least six children in such attacks. The children were in or near one government school, and two UNRWA schools used as civilian shelters.
DCI-Palestine, 5 September 2009
Read the full Report: Operation Cast Lead: 16-year-old killed while waiting for UNRWA school bus