More than ten thousand Gaza teenagers graduated from a terrorist training program given by Hamas’s military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades. Under a program named “Pioneers of the Resistance,” the Palestinian youths—aged 15 to 21—underwent intensive military training, including using live ammunition and heard sermons from Hamas leaders in praise of armed attacks.
The participants of the militant camp were trained in firing sniper rifles, using portraits of Israeli leaders for targets, Ynet reported.
“The Palestinian youth simulated attacks on Israeli destinations through model terror tunnels, meant to recreate the experience of infiltrating Israeli territory. All training exercises were conducted using firearms and under strict military conditions.”
The terrorist organization published a series of photos showing Palestinian minors dressed in military uniforms and being given weapons training in how to kill Israelis with assault rifles.
Recruiting of child soldiers by Hamas is a violation of the Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict (OPAC). The Palestinians signed their acceptance of the convention last year. By law no soldier should be younger than 18. This is one of eleven treaties that the Palestinian Authority was in violation of as soon as it signed.
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