A Palestinian child detainee, on Tuesday, was hospitalized after being assaulted by Israeli forces during his recent detention, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported.
Family members of the boy, identified as Muhammad Munir Moqbel, 16, said the child was assaulted while being detained by Israeli soldiers 2 days prior, from his home in Al-‘Arroub Refugee Camp, north of Hebron, in south of the occupied West Bank.
The family stated that the boy was transferred to the Israeli Hadassah Hospital in West Jerusalem, and was scheduled for surgery for a fractured jaw, in addition to broken teeth.
According to the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association reports a total of 170 Palestinian children incarcerated in Israeli prisons.
Approximately 700 Palestinian children under the age of 18 from the occupied West Bank are prosecuted every year through Israeli military courts after being arrested, interrogated and detained by the Israeli army. The most common charge levied against children is throwing stones, a crime that is punishable under military law by up to 20 years in prison.
The majority of children report being subjected to ill-treatment and having forced confessions extracted from them during interrogations. Forms of ill-treatment used by the Israeli soldiers during a child’s arrest and interrogation usually include slapping, beating, kicking and violent pushing. Palestinian children are also routinely verbally abused. Despite recommendations by the UN Committee against Torture in May 2009 that the interrogations should be video recorded, no provisions to this effect have yet been enacted.