The Israeli occupation forces, on Wednesday, detained five Palestinian children under the age of twelve, in the South Hebron Hills, in the southern occupied West Bank.
Local sources reported that five children, between the ages 8-12 were detained by the army in the village of Ar Rakeez, apparently for picking flowers in the field.
B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories stated that settlers from the illegal Havat Ma’on settlement, called the military, who promptly came to detain the minors, taking them to the police station in the Kiryat Arba colony.
According to Shehab News Agency, the names of the detained children are; Jabr Muhammad Abu Ahmad, Sakr Muhammad Abu Ahmad, Zaid Jabr Hamidat, Omar Jabr Ahmadat, and Yasin Gabriel Ahmadat.
“Young Palestinian children are routinely detained by Israeli forces in an arbitrary manner in violation of both Israeli law and international law,” said Ayed Abu Eqtaish, Accountability Program Director at DCIP. “Palestinian children below the age of criminal responsibility are detained for shorter periods but the experience can be traumatic. These tactics are meant to intimidate and control Palestinian populations living under an Israeli military occupation with no end in sight.”
Photos by Youth of Sumud
As you watched in the video, you have seen activist from YOS who tried physically to reduce the fear of the children and release them, but the occupation soldiers continued to chase the children until they arrested them.
YOS Volunteers has contacted parents of the children, and followed the children .
Now the five children are determined at Kiryat Arbaa police station in Hebron, Detained on charges of entering land settlers claimed belongs to them .
What happened to these children is a crime committed by the occupation soldiers against children, and this is a flagrant violation of the principles of international humanitarian law and a flagrant violation of children’s rights.
Names and ages
1-Saqer Abu Humade 8 years old
2-Omar Jaber Humadat 9 years old
3-Yasen jebrael Humadat 7 years
4- Zaid Jaber Humadat 10 years old
5- Jaber Mohammad Abu Humade 11 years old
~ B’Tselem, Youth of Sumud, Shehab, IMEMC
(Source / 11.03.2021)