Israeli forces have abducted at least four Palestinian children during a raid on a number of houses across the Israeli-occupied East al-Quds (Jerusalem).
The Palestinian Wadi Hilweh Information Center said four minors were arrested on Monday as Israeli military vehicles rolled into the East al-Quds neighborhood of al-Tur. The Israeli forces broke into dozens of homes and violently searched them, causing excessive property damage before detaining four young Palestinians.
The center added that the detained children are between 11 and 13 years old, identifying them as Abdullah Zakariyya Abu al-Hawa, Mohammad Mohannad Abu al-Hawa, Moath Monther Abu al-Hawa and Khalil Kamal Abu al-Hawa.
In recent months, Israeli forces have frequently raided the houses of Palestinians in the West Bank, arresting dozens of people, who are then transferred to Israeli prisons, where they are kept without charge.
There have been many reports about the deteriorating health of Palestinian prisoners held inside Israeli jails.
More than 7,000 Palestinians are reportedly held in 17 Israeli prisons and detention camps. Moreover, 540 Palestinians are held without any trial under the so-called administrative detention, which is a sort of imprisonment without trial or charge that allows Israel to incarcerate Palestinians for up to six months. The detention order can be renewed for indefinite periods of time.
Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCIP), in a report released on September 17, stated that nearly 2,000 Palestinian children have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli military forces and illegal settlers over the past 15 years.
The Geneva-based NGO noted that Israel’s ongoing settlement expansion activities in the occupied East al-Quds and West Bank are increasingly creating a “hyper-militarized environment” for Palestinian children, where they are highly exposed to disproportionate violence from both Israeli forces and settlers.
The DCIP said Israeli soldiers killed 12 Palestinian children in East al-Quds and the West Bank in 2014, and the majority of the fatalities were caused by ammunition.