Hamas Islamic Resistance

Report: Israeli occupation detained 35 Palestinian children in April

07 May, 20

Israeli occupation forces have detained 190 Palestinians, including 35 children, two women, and a parliamentarian, during April, Palestinian Prisoners' Center for Studies.

In a press statement, the NGO organisation explained that all governments around the globe have released many prisoners to reduce overcrowding in jails amid the coronavirus pandemic, whereas the Israeli occupation continues its arrest campaign against Palestinians, including sick and elderly people ignoring the risks incurred by such acts.    

Over the past month, the rights group documented the arrest of seven Palestinians who have crossed the separation fence east of the Gaza Strip, noting that they were released after several hours of interrogation.

Among the Palestinians detained last month is 68-year-old parliamentarian Mohammed Abu Tair, a former prisoner who is banned from entering Jerusalem, and have spent 34 years of his life in Israeli jails in separate terms.

As for Palestinian women and minors, the Palestinian organisation documented the arrest of 34 minors, most of them are from Jerusalem, the youngest among whom is 11-year-old Adam Rwidhi.

In April, the number of Palestinians who died inside Israeli prisoners has jumped to 223 after Nour al-Barghouthi, a 23-year-old resident of Aboud village near the West Bank city of Ramallah, died in the Naqab prison due to medical negligence.

After Palestinian detainees threatened to step up their protest against medical negligence in Israeli jails, the Israeli prison administration have taken some precautionary measures against COVID-19 pandemic inside jails, the advocacy group explained, noting that this move is not enough to protect the Palestinian detainees against the deadly virus.     

The Israeli prison service has agreed to disinfect some sections in its jails, provide some non-medical face masks for Palestinian detainees, allowed court hearings to be held by video conference, and reduced transfers of detainees inside jails, but such measures are inadequate and does not fully protect the prisoners against the novel virus, the West Bank-based group added.    

Instead of releasing Palestinian administrative detainees who are held without a charge or trial, the rights group pointed out, Israeli courts have issued 65 administrative detention orders over the last month, some of which were issued for the first time while others were made to renew the detention of Palestinian detainees for a period of time ranging between two and six months.

The human rights group reiterated the necessity for international organisations to intervene and put an end to arrest campaigns, especially amid the coronavirus outbreak, and release all sick, elderly, women and children detainees without any precondition.