A total of 196 Palestinian children were imprisoned and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system at the end of April, according to rights group Defence of Children International-Palestine (DCI-Palestine). This represents a decrease of 3 percent from March.
The number of young children detained between the ages of 14 and 15 was 27, an increase of 13 percent from March. There were no children detained in the Israeli military court system under 14 years old.
DCI-Palestine notes that each year approximately 500-700 Palestinian children, some as young as 12 years, are detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system.
The most common charge is for throwing stones. Currently, 100 Palestinian child prisoners are detained inside Israel in violation of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.
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