July and August were deadly for 31 children

The Israel Council for the Child: Most deaths of kids this summer were preventable.

September 4, 2007 21:37
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July and August were deadly for 31 children

kids at school 224.88. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)


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The summer vacation was joyful for some, but deadly for others: 31 children died in home and road accidents, as well as drowning, fires, being left in locked vehicles, and other tragic incidents in July and August. The Israel Council for the Child, which disclosed the figure on Tuesday, said that during the previous school vacation in 2006, 34 children were killed, but seven of these were residents of the North killed by Hizbullah missiles during the Second Lebanon War. During the same period in 2005, 25 children were killed. In an average month during the school year, six or seven children are killed in accidents. However, this summer's toll was 150 percent higher than the total number of child fatalities during non-vacation months. The council's annual plea before the end of June to take care of children has been ignored. In most of the cases, the deaths were preventable. Of the 31 deaths, 23 were boys. Twelve of the children died in road accidents, four by drowning, five in accidents in or near their homes, two from asphyxiation in locked cars, one from dehydration, two from choking, two in fires, one by manslaughter and two from unknown causes. Ten of the victims were under the age of three, and 16 were between the ages of seven and 18. Twenty-three were Jewish.

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