RAMALLAH, Tuesday, November 20, 2018 (WAFA) – Israel detained 908 Palestinian children under 18 years of age since the beginning of the year, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said on Tuesday.
It said in a statement marking Universal Children’s Day, which coincides on Tuesday, that out of the 908 detained since January 2018 until the end of October, 270 are still held in detention in various prisons in Israel.
It said that children are usually detained in the middle of the night from their family homes, often severely beaten and threatened in order to get them to sign confession papers.
The children are also denied education while some are denied family visits and medical attention for those who need it while incarcerated.
It said Israel has enacted several laws since 2015 targeting Palestinian children in particular that would allow detention and trial of minors at age 14 years and stiff prison sentence for more than 10 years for throwing stones and even life terms.