[News] 27, 000 Palestinian children killed, injured, detained since 2000

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*27,000 Palestinian children killed, injured, detained since 2000*


April 5, 2016
ALRAY, Ramallah- About 2070 Palestinian children killed, and more 13000 
injured since the outbreak of Al-Aqsa Intifada in 2000, until last March 
2016, official sources reported.

The Israeli occupation forces detained more than 12,000 Palestinian 
children since 2000, where nearly 480 children are still languishing in 
Israeli prisons. Of them almost 95% were severely tortured and beaten 
during the arrest campaign and the interrogations intervals, a press 
statement issued by the Ministry of Information stated.

The statement added that the IOF annually detains nearly 700 children 
from different districts, under the pretext of throwing stones at the 
Israeli troops and settlers. Adding to that, the Israeli violations that 
Palestinian students face on the Israeli checkpoint centered on the 
entrances of cities and camps.

Moreover, the problems of rampant poverty that directly reflected their 
impact on children, especially in the Gaza Strip with the lasting siege 
imposed nearly ten years. The regression of the economic situation 
prompted many of Palestinian children to leave schools for work, where 
the percentage of the children aged 10-17 enrolled in labor market 
amounted to about 4.1 %, according to Palestinian Central Bureau of Statics.

The statement has also explained that 85% of children in Jerusalem live 
below the poverty line. According to the Association for Civil Rights, 
the number of East Jerusalem residents is 371,844 Palestinians, 79% of 
them  live below the poverty line, as a result of the harsh policies and 
measures of the Israeli occupation against them.

The school dropout rate amounted to 40% in Jerusalem schools, while the 
city suffers from a lack of maternal and child health centers, since 
there are only four places compared to western Jerusalem, where there 
are 25 centers in the care of children.

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