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12,000 Palestinian children arrested by Israel since 1967

According to new figures released by the Palestinian Authority's Minister for Prisoner Affairs, Issa Karaka', the Israeli authorities have arrested 12,000 Palestinian children since 1967, 300 of whom are minors and are still held in prisons run by the Israeli Occupation.

Mr Karaka' stated that detained children "were subjected to torture, extortion and unfair judicial procedures during their trials," and revealed that the Occupation is "violating the Convention on the Rights of the Child which stipulates the illegality of the detention of children under the age of 18."


During the opening of the Freedom Camp for Prisoners in the village of Zaytuna situated in the south of the West Bank, Karaka' stated that "Israel's goal behind arresting young boys is the destruction of entire generations, as 90 percent of those children face maltreatment and torture during detention and interrogation."

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