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Israel Jailed 6,000 Palestinian Children From 2015, Says An NGO

Total number of Palestinians currently imprisoned by Israel stands at 5,700, including 48 women and 250 children

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LAHORE MIRROR (Monitoring Desk)– At least 6,000 Palestinian children have been detained by Israeli authorities since 2015, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Association Says in its statement on Friday.

On the occasion of Palestinian Children’s Day, the NGO said 98 percent of the children held had been subjected to psychological and/or physical abuse while in Israeli custody.

The association said dozens of minors were detained by Israeli authorities after first being shot and wounded by Israeli troops.

According to the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority’s Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs, the total number of Palestinians currently imprisoned by Israel stands at 5,700, including 48 women and 250 children.

Children living in occupied East Jerusalem are the most targeted, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Association said in its statement, with dozens facing arrests more than one time a month, particularly during periods of heightened tensions such as the Bab al-Rahma protests in March.

Minors arrested during night raids are transferred to interrogation and detention centres, where they suffer abuses, including being deprived of food or water for hours, according to the association.

The children’s right to have one parent or guardian present during their interrogation is often neglected, the NGO said. Children are often forced to sign statements written in Hebrew – a language they cannot read.

The conditions have left released children suffering from nightmares, insomnia, decline in school achievement and reacting aggressively with their environment and society.

The association urged international human rights organisations, including the United Nations’ children’s agency, to take “effective action against the violations committed against children who are detained by Israeli forces”.

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA AND NEWS AGENCIES