Israeli military prosecutor demands banishment of Palestinian minor

[ 10/08/2011 – 10:44 AM ]

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– An Israeli military prosecutor in Ofer court has asked for the banishment of a Palestinian minor from his hometown of Beit Ummar village in Al-Khalil province for six months, his family said.

The father of 16-year-old Mohammed Awad said that his son was arrested from his village by the end of July, adding that the court adjourned the hearing on Tuesday till next Sunday to decide on the prosecutor’s request.

He appealed to human rights groups to intervene and demand a halt to the Israeli occupation policy of arresting and exiling minors.

The father said that Mohammed was ill and had two brothers in Israeli jails, one serving a three-year sentence in Beersheba and the other a year and a half in Ofer.

The Israeli occupation forces have been launching a systematic campaign of arrests against Palestinian children in Beit Ummar. Statistics by the Palestinian prisoner’s society revealed that the IOF soldiers arrested 50 children in the age category of 14 to 18 from that village in the course of the current year out of 400 detainees taken from the village in the same period.

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