Nablus, 29 Jumadil Akhir 1434/9 Mei 2013 (MINA)  – Israeli soldiers invaded the northern West Bank district of Nablus, and kidnapped nine Palestinians. The soldiers also fired several rounds of live ammunition into the air, broke into and searched several homes, and confiscated property.

      Local sources in Nablus city reported that dozens of Israeli military jeeps invaded several neighborhoods in the city, and kidnapped three Palestinians after breaking into and searching their homes. 

      The three have been identified as Raed As-Sabbagh, Ez Ed-Deen Drouza, and Ahmad As-Sous. Soldiers also broke into homes of former political prisoners, and searched them. 

       Furthermore, the army invaded Beit Forik town, east of Nablus, and kidnapped six Palestinians, according IMEMC report monitored by Mi’raj News Agency (MINA). 

       Eyewitnesses reported that the soldiers kidnapped Saddam Hanany, Fares Hanany, Fuad Hanany, Tamer Hanany Jamil Hanany and Rased Khatabta. 

      The soldiers also confiscated several personal computers and laptops that belong to the kidnapped residents, and caused property damage in the attacked homes, and in a number of streets. 

       Also on Wednesday, Israeli soldiers kidnapped the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Holy Land, Sheikh Mohammad Hussein, after surrounding his home and breaking into it. The Mufti was moved to the Al-Maskobiyya police stations and interrogation center.

9,500 Palestinian children detained

There is a marked increase in the number of Palestinian child detainees

There is a marked increase in the number of Palestinian child detainees

       Palestinian researcher and former prisoner Abdul-Nasser Ferwaneh released statistics on Tuesday showing that Israeli occupation forces have detained around 9500 Palestinian minors since the beginning of the second Intifada in September 2000.

       The statistics showed a steady increase in the number of minors detained over the last year. “This increase raises concerns about the future of the Palestinian childhood,” Ferwaneh said, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) quoted by MINA as reporting.

       Minor detentions, according to the statistics, have been carried out randomly against both individual children and groups. The children are then exposed to different kinds of physical and psychological torture before, during and after the investigations.

       “All confessions taken from them are always false because they are taken under torture and blackmail,” Ferwaneh said. “Then, Israeli courts insist on using such confessions.”

        Ferwaneh described the detention centres, saying that “whether before or after their trials, they are kept in detention centres that lack the essential needs of a prisoner.”

       Defying international human rights law, “Israeli occupation forces also use Palestinian minors as human shields.”

       According to the statistics released by Ferwaneh, the annual detention rate of Palestinian minors is 760. Currently there are 243 minors under 18, including 42 under 16 in Israeli jails.

       These statistics exclude hundreds of adult prisoners who were minors at the time of their detention, “Some of them received long-term and life sentences.”

During 2012 881 minors were detained, “an increase of 26 per cent from the previous year.”

       However, what “raises serious concerns” is that during the first period of this year 293 minors have been detained, “a 9.3 per cent increase from the same time of the previous year and a 34.4 per cent increase from the same time in 2011.”

       Ferwaneh insisted that such Israeli acts against Palestinian children constitute clear violations of international law conventions. He called for all human rights organisations to do their best to protect the Palestinian children from Israeli detention.(T/P08/E1)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)

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