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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The just-ended summer holiday from school was the deadliest in years, with 34
children and teens killed between June 24 and August 31, according to the
National Council for the Child.
This represents an increase of more than
100 percent over the 2009 toll, when 16 died.
In 2006, 34 teens and
children died during the summer vacation, but that figure had decreased steadily
– until this year. More than half of the youngsters who died this past summer
were aged 13 to 18. Seven were aged 0 to three, three were four to six years
old, six were aged seven to 12, and 18 were 13 to 18.
Road accidents were
the leading cause of death among children and youth, at 14, followed by
drownings, four dead in plane crashes, three murders, and one each by
electrocution, the swallowing of a battery, suicide, choking, head
trauma due to
a falling gate, the collapse of a tree and suspicion of negligence.
Yitzhak Kadman, chairman of the National Council for the Child,
sorrow over the tragic deaths of the children. He said most of the
have been prevented through forethought, effort, awareness and
Parents and the government must provide safe
frameworks for children during the summer holiday, he said. Effort must
now to prevent the death toll from climbing, and even to reduce it next