An Israeli undercover unit Wednesday nabbed a Palestinian child in an area of the occupied East Jerusalem town of Silwan, according to Wadi Hilweh Information Center.Majdi Abbasi, of the Center, said in a statement that Obeida Ayesh, age 8, was arrested in the Ein al-Lawza area of the neighborhood.
Obeida’s mother was allowed to accompany him, according to Abbasi.
There were no clashes going on in the area at the time of the arrest, he added.
Ma’an News Agency relates that, according to a 2013 report by the UNICEF, Israel is the only country in the world where children were systematically tried in military courts, practicing ‘cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment’.
Over the past decade, UNICEF noted that Israel has detained ‘an average of two children each day’.
Ahrar Center for Detainees’ Studies and Human Rights recently stated that, out of 650 people taken from the occupied West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem in November, 42 were documented as minors, with 30 having been taken from the city of Jerusalem.