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    Palestinian children wave their flag in the occupied city of Bethlehem. | Photo: EFE

Published 9 November 2018

Between 239 and 270 Palestinian children are currently imprisoned in Israeli jails.

Israeli occupation forces detained Friday an eight-year-old Palestinian boy, in the occupied West Bank district of Hebron.

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Ma'an reported that the boy, Omar Rabie Abu Ayyash, was detained near the entrance of Beit Ummar. The reason for his detention remains unknown so far, but the practice is common in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem. 

According to the international NGO Defense for Children International (DCI), at least 8,000 Palestinian children have been detained and prosecuted by Israel's military court, which rules over Palestinian civilians in the occupied territory.

DCI, Amnesty International, and other rights groups have denounced rampant human rights violations against children taken by occupation forces.

"The majority of children are detained from their West Bank homes during the middle of the night by heavily armed Israeli soldiers. Several hours after their arrest, children arrive at an interrogation and detention center alone, sleep deprived and often bruised and scared. Interrogations tend to be coercive, including a variety of verbal abuse, threats and physical violence that ultimately result in a confession," DCI claims.

Palestinian-based human rights group Addameer has reported that there are 270 Palestinian child prisoners being held in Israeli prisons. At least 50 of them are under 16 years old. Israeli-based human rights group B'tselem published a report in late October placing the number of children in prison at 239; this number corresponds to the those registered until the end of August 2018.  

The Palestinian Authority (PA) Prisoners and Former Prisoners' Affairs Committee reported that Israel detained 35 Palestinian minors this September alone.


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