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Amnesty concerned over jailed Palestinian children

6 April 2010 0:52

Human rights group Amnesty International has voiced concern over the rising number of Palestinian children held in Israeli jails.

The rights group said in a report that many Palestinian prisoners suffer medical negligence at the hands of Israeli prison authorities.

Children face routine beatings, torture and strip searches, it said.

While some children only spend a few days in detention before their release, others could end up spending years behind bars, the report added.

“These measures run counter to international laws, especially the [United Nations] Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Israel has signed and agreed to,” said lawyer Khaled Kuzmar.

There are currently 7,200 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, including 306 children under the age of 18.

However, according to Non-Governmental Organization Defense for Children International, “Significant numbers of Palestinian children are being arrested and detained by Israeli forces.”

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