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        <h1 id="reader-title">Palestinian child Muawiya Alqam, 14,
          sentenced to 6.5 years in Israeli prison</h1>
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              <p>Palestinian child prisoner Muawiya Alqam, 14, was <a
                  href="https://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=772270">sentenced
                  to 6.5 years in Israeli prison</a> by a Jerusalem
                court on Sunday, 17 July.</p>
              <p>He was also fined 26,000 NIS (approximately $6,700) and
                a three-year suspended sentence was imposed; in
                addition, his family was ordered to pay the fine in cash
                rather than installments, <a
                  href="http://www.qudsn.ps/article/96738">in a
                  divergence</a> from the plea agreement obtained by his
                lawyer.</p>
              <p>Muawiya and his cousin Ali Alqam, 12, were arrested on
                10 November 2015 and accused of attempting to stab an
                Israeli occupation guard on the Jerusalem light rail.
                Today, Ali, who was 11 at the time of arrest and turned
                12 while imprisoned, is held inside a <a
                  href="http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=771766">juvenile
                  detention facility </a>while Muawiya is held in
                Megiddo prison. ¬†Ali was shot three times by Israeli
                forces and had to <a
                  href="http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=771112">undergo
                  surgery</a> to remove a bullet from his stomach. He is
                being detained for at least one year.</p>
              <p>Muawiya was accused of attempted murder and possession
                of a knife, despite the fact that the guard was only
                lightly wounded.</p>
              <p>He is one of <a
href="http://samidoun.net/2016/07/june-2016-report-on-palestinian-prisoners-3412-arrested-in-the-first-half-of-2016/">over
                  350 Palestinian children</a> held in Israeli prisons,
                including 7 held without charge or trial under
                administrative detention. An increasing number of
                Palestinian Jerusalemite children are also being subject
                to house arrest, as Israeli occupation authorities also
                issued more than 65 home imprisonment orders against
                Jerusalemite children since the beginning of the year.
                The use of home imprisonment against children is a
                growing phenomenon, and prevents them from leaving the
                home even for medical treatment or for school.</p>
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