Riyadh Al Ashqar, head of the media department at the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees in Gaza, stated that Israel is currently holding captive more than 370 child detainees under the age of 18.The Al Aqsa TV reported that child detainees are sent to courts that prosecutes cases of adult detainees an issue which directly violates the International Law.
Dozens of child detainees received harsh sentences by the courts while military judges never dealt with them as minors.
Similar to the case with adult detainees, children in Israeli detention camps are also fined and subjected to torture and abuse.
Al Ashqar demanded the International Red Cross and human rights groups to intervene and stop the Israeli violations against underage detainees.
He also called for ensuring that Israel complies with the International Law by stopping the violations against the detainees, especially children and women.