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Israel killed 2,079 Palestinian children since 2000

The same statement stated that the Israeli occupation has wounded 13,000 children during the same period

Israeli occupation has killed 2,079 Palestinian children since 2,000, Palestinian information ministry revealed on Tuesday.

According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics’ 2013 report, 4.1 per cent of Palestinian children aged 10-17 have entered the workforce

Days of Palestine, West Bank -Israeli occupation has killed 2,079 Palestinian children since 2,000, Palestinian information ministry revealed on Tuesday.

In a statement released to mark International Children’s Day, the ministry said: “Palestinian children have suffered from violations committed by the Israeli occupation and settlers all across the country.”

From the beginning of Al-Aqsa Intifada in 2000 to the end of May 2016, some 2,079 children were killed while over 13,000 children were injured and over 12,000 were arrested, the statement said. There are still 420 children held in Israeli prisons.

Of those arrested, 95 per cent were subjected to torture and violations during their arrest, which usually takes place after midnight.

Children are often blindfolded and handcuffed by Israeli soldiers. Confessions are often forced out of them and detainees do not have access to lawyers and are not allowed to see their parents.

In addition, children suffer from severe poverty due to the deteriorating economic situation in the occupied territories and the continued siege imposed on the Gaza Strip. This forces, the statement said, many to leave school and look for jobs.

According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics’ 2013 report, 4.1 per cent of Palestinian children aged 10-17 have entered the workforce.

Another report by the Ministry of Labour stated that 102,000 Palestinian children under the age of 18 have entered the workforce.

(Source / 01.06.2016)

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Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police




The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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