[News] Israel continues abusing Palestinian Children

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Tue Oct 15 11:51:27 EDT 2013

*Israel continues abusing Palestinians*
Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:55AM GMT

The United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF, says Israeli forces continue 
their mistreatment of Palestinian youths during detention.

The UNICEF released a report on Monday, saying that "violations are 
ongoing," seven months after an initial report underlined widespread 
mistreatment of Palestinian teenagers arrested by Israeli forces in the 
occupied West Bank.

The international body cited about 20 sample cases of abuse of youths in 
the West Bank in the second quarter of this year.

The inmates - all male - suffered physical violence such as kicking, 
slapping and beating. In 17 cases, the detainees were also verbally abused.

    "The monthly average for 2013 shows that 219 children per month were
    in Israeli military custody, compared to 196 per month in 2012,
    marking a 12 percent increase," the UNICEF stated.

In March, the UNICEF released an initial report, saying the Tel Aviv 
regime used "cruel, inhuman and degrading" practices in dealing with 
Palestinian youths.

"Ill-treatment of Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention 
system appears to be widespread, systematic and institutionalized," the 
report added.

Some 7,000 Palestinian children, aged between 12 and 17, have been 
arrested, interrogated and prosecuted by Israeli forces, the initial 
22-page-report said, adding that the majority of them were boys.
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