Israeli forces kidnap 11 Palestinian children in East al-Quds

Israeli forces have abducted at least 11 Palestinian children during a series of raids on a number of houses across the Israeli-occupied Old City of al-Quds (Jerusalem).

The Palestinian Wadi Hilweh Information Center said eight minors were arrested on Monday as Israeli military vehicles rolled into Ras al-Amud neighborhood of East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

The center added that three children were also detained in al-Issawiya neighborhood of East al-Quds.

In recent months, Israeli forces have frequently raided the houses of Palestinians in the West Bank, arresting dozens of people, who are then transferred to Israeli prisons, where they are kept without charge.

There have been many reports about the deteriorating health of Palestinian prisoners held inside Israeli jails.

More than 7,000 Palestinians are reportedly held in 17 Israeli prisons and detention camps. Moreover, 540 Palestinians are held without any trial under the so-called administrative detention, which is a sort of imprisonment without trial or charge that allows Israel to incarcerate Palestinians for up to six months. The detention order can be renewed for indefinite periods of time.

Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCIP), in a report released on September 17, stated that nearly 2,000 Palestinian children have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli military forces and illegal settlers over the past 15 years.

Israeli forces hold a position during clashes with Palestinian youths near the Ofer military prison, located near the occupied West Bank village of Betunia, on September 17, 2015, after a march by Palestinians in defense of al-Aqsa Mosque compound. (© AFP)


The Geneva-based NGO noted that Israel’s ongoing settlement expansion activities in the occupied East al-Quds and West Bank are increasingly creating a “hyper-militarized environment” for Palestinian children, where they are highly exposed to disproportionate violence from both Israeli forces and settlers.

The DCIP said Israeli soldiers killed 12 Palestinian children in East al-Quds and the West Bank in 2014, and the majority of the fatalities were caused by ammunition.

It highlighted that there is “no evidence that any of the children killed in the West Bank posed a direct threat to Israeli troops or settlers.”

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories in 1967.

Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, East al-Quds and the besieged Gaza Strip and are demanding that Israel withdraw from the occupied Palestinian territories.

By Press TV