Palestinian children in Israeli jails vulnerable to contracting coronavirus

Apr 25,2020

Children inside Israeli prisons endure the worst detention conditions ever recorded in history.

Defense for Children International (DCIP) has said that Palestinian children in Israeli military detention are highly vulnerable to contracting coronavirus CPVID-19.

“There are now more Palestinian children in Israeli military detention than at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the DCIP said.

According to the latest figures from the Israeli Prison Service, 194 Palestinian children were detained at the end of March—an increase of 6 per cent since January.

Continuing to detain and imprison children during a global pandemic shows Israeli authorities’ blatant disregard for the human rights of Palestinian children.

Palestinian children imprisoned by Israeli authorities live in close proximity to each other, often in compromised sanitary conditions, with limited access to resources to maintain minimum hygiene routines, according to documentation collected by DCIP.

It is imperative that the Israeli occupation authorities immediately release Palestinian child detainees to protect them from the COVID-19 pandemic, the DCIP said.

Nearly 10,000 children rights advocates around the world have demanded that the Israeli occupation immediately release Palestinian child detainees.

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