Ashqar: Israel detained more than 3000 Palestinian children in 5 years

[ 19/07/2011 – 03:13 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)– The ministry of prisoners in Gaza said that the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) have detained more than 3000 Palestinian minors over the period 2005 – 2010 and not only 835 as published by the Israeli B’Tselem.

The ministry’s spokesman Riyadh Al-Ashqar said in a statement on Tuesday that the number mentioned in B’Tselem report is only 25% (or less) of the real number of those detained by occupation.

He said that most of the arrested children were released after few days, weeks or months while some of them are still behind bars.

Ashqar underlined that IOF soldiers detained more than 1000 children in 2010 alone half of them from occupied Jerusalem.

However, Ashqar described the B’Tselem report as “important” despite not including all numbers of detained children because it was released by an Israeli institution and could be used against Israel in international courts.

The spokesman pointed out that Israel was still holding 280 Palestinian children in its jails, one third of them less than 15 years old.

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