UN slams use of child soldiers, forgets 'Palestinian' 'human shields' and child combatantsslammed the use of child soldiers in Syria and in several other countries. Regrettably, they left out the use of children as 'human shields' (above) and combatants (below) by the 'Palestinians' and other terror organizations.
The report issued after Ban's special envoy for children and armed conflict, Leila Zerrougui, visited Syria in December said thousands of children have been killed in the violence, "while thousands more have seen family members killed or injured."
The report also said children are recruited, killed, maimed or raped by government forces and armed groups in Afghanistan, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Yemen, as well as by armed groups in Mali, Colombia, the Philippines, Myanmar, Iraq and the Central African Republic.
The United Nations considers anyone aged under 18 to be a child.
Ban said that in Syria, torture and ill-treatment of children accused of associating with opposition forces was a worrying trend.
"There were a number of accounts of sexual violence against boys to obtain information or a confession by the state forces, largely but not exclusively by members of the state intelligence services and the Syrian armed forces," the report said.
"Child detainees, largely boys and as young as 14 years old, suffered similar or identical methods of tortures as adults, including electric shock, beatings, stress positions and threats and acts of sexual torture," it said.
Armed opposition groups, including the Free Syrian Army, were also accused of using children, generally aged 15 to 17 years old, both in combat and in support roles, such as ferrying food and water and loading cartridges, the report said.
"From accounts received, child association with the Free Syrian Army is often linked to an older relative facilitating recruitment or in instances in which the child has lost all members of his or her family," it said.But the United Nations 'forgot' (more likely didn't want to mention) the use of children as 'human shields' by 'Palestinian' terror organizations like Fatah and Hamas.
And then there's this use of a child.
Let's go to the videotape.
But silly me. In the UN's book, it's okay for the 'Palestinians' to use children in combat and as 'human shields.' After all, the 'Palestinians' are a 'liberation movement.'
What could go wrong?