A confidential country report out of the United Nations on Friday named Israel as a potential violator of children’s rights and prompted argument across the globe over whether the nation should be officially listed with countries like Sudan, Colombia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. According to Reuters, U.N. special envoy Leila Zerrougui of Algeria had included in her initial draft both Israel’s army and Palestinian militant group Hamas before sending the report up to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who will decide on the country’s final fate. Over the past few weeks, sympathizers across the globe have come to Israel’s defense to deflect criticism over the country’s standing with the U.N. and other human rights groups.
The report obtained on Friday listed some 540 Palestinian children killed in the crossfire between the two nations, with nearly 400 of those being younger than 12. Coupled with earlier U.N. reports on the region, which indicated that around 3,300 additional children had been injured in the war in the Gaza strip, the outcry from groups like Save the Children and UNICEF was deafening.
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