Dozens of Palestinian children and teenagers arrive each morning for the past few days at the Erez DCO. The youths, among other things, throw stones and Molotov cocktail towards IDF soldiers. These events are reoccurring despite continuous demands by IDF commanders to their Palestinian counterparts to prevent the arrival of children at the points of confrontation.
The Palestinian police is not preventing the arrival of the children and is doing nothing to disperse them. IDF soldiers in the area were directed to use restraint while dispersing the riots, and so far have only used gas grenades and fired rubber bullets towards the rioters. This was done to prevent harming the rioters as much as possible and to disperse them.
The IDF once again calls upon the Palestinian Authority to prevent the arrival of children at the points of confrontation where they can be hurt, and to stop the cynical use of children in riots and disturbances.