NRC calls for international investigation into Israeli killing of three children supported by its trauma care program

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has confirmed that three children, aged 15 and 16, supported by the organization’s education and psychosocial support program were among those killed in an Israeli airstrike on al-Falluja cemetery, west of Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday, calling for an international investigation into their killing.

“I am deeply heartbroken by the news that three children who received trauma support and joined our education activities were among those killed during the escalation in Gaza over the weekend. I send my condolences to their families and friends,” said Jan Egeland, NRC’s Secretary General.

“Our teams in Gaza had worked with the three boys to help them overcome the traumatic events they experienced during last year’s May escalation. These children were needlessly killed in a conflict they had nothing to do with. They should have been allowed to dream of a better, safer future,” he said.

“We call for a full investigation to hold the perpetrators to account. Once again, it is the children of Gaza who have to pay with their lives, this suffering cannot be allowed to go on. As long as Israel continues its siege and occupation of Gaza, there can be no long-term solution to this tragedy and vicious cycle of violence,” said Egeland.

The Israel air force bombarded the Gaza Strip between Friday and Sunday, killing 48 people, including 17 children and four women, and injuring more than 360 others, more than half of them children.