At least 300 Palestinian children have been arrested by Israeli forces since the beginning of the year, says the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club.
The rights group released the figures in a report that documented a series of violent raids in which Palestinian children were detained, beaten and abused, the Middle East Monitor reported on Wednesday.
The Palestinian advocacy group’s report, which was released to mark Palestinian Children’s Day, slammed the Tel Aviv regime for its atrocities against children all over the occupied Palestinian territories.
It also called on the UN International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and other international human rights groups to pay more attention to the plight of Palestinian children.
The Palestinian Ministry of Culture has also called on the global community to help protect the children of Palestine, which make up 45.8 percent of its total population.
It stressed that Israel’s crackdown on children is “clear-cut proof” that Tel Aviv has started a “real war” on Palestinian children, who are the “guardians of the future.”
The ministry noted that Israel must be brought to justice over its “blatant unending crimes against Palestinian children that have continued unabated for decades.”
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More than 7,000 Palestinians are reportedly held in Israeli jails. Hundreds of the inmates have apparently been incarcerated under the practice of administrative detention, which is a policy under which Palestinian inmates are kept in Israeli detention facilities without trial or charge.
Some Palestinian prisoners have been held in administrative detention for up to 11 years.
The occupied Palestinian territories have witnessed heightened tensions ever since Israel imposed restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem al-Quds in August 2015.
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has presented visiting British Prime Minister Theresa May with the kingdom’s highest civilian honor as UK-supplied bombs keep raining on Yemenis during Riyadh’s war on the impoverished Arab country.
Salman presented the Order of King Abdulaziz to May on Wednesday during talks held in the al-Yamamah palace in Riyadh.
The order is named after the founder of the kingdom, Abdulaziz Al Saud, and is bestowed to citizens of Saudi Arabia and foreigners for meritorious service.
During the meeting, current bilateral relations and ways the increase ties in all fields were discussed.
Salam also held a luncheon banquet for the visiting British premier which was also attended by several Saudi dignitaries and the British ambassador to Saudi Arabia Simon Collis.
On Tuesday, May met with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef after arriving in the kingdom following a trip to Jordan, where she discussed the expansion of bilateral ties with King Abdullah II.
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May’s visit comes at a time when the UK is under pressure to halt its arms sales to Saudi Arabia, which is engaged in a military aggression against Yemen.
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According to Amnesty international, since the onset of the war in 2015, the US and the UK have sold over $5 billion worth of weapons to the Riyadh regime, more than 10 times the $450 million they have allegedly spent to help save Yemeni civilians.
Saudi Arabia — backed by a number of African and Persian Gulf Arab states — launched the massive aggression against neighboring Yemen on March 26, 2015, in an attempt to reinstate former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who is a close ally of the despotic kingdom, and to crush the popular Houthi Ansarullah movement. The offensive has so far left over 12,000 Yemeni civilians dead, according to the latest tallies.
The United States threatens to take “its own action” in dealing with Syria, citing the United Nation’s failure in dealing with crisis in the war-ravaged Middle Eastern country.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley made the comments during an emergency meeting of the Security Council over an alleged chemical attack in Syria.
“When the United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively, there are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action,” Haley stated.
She further blamed the crisis on the Syrian government, Russia, and Iran.
“Time and time again Russia uses the same false narrative to deflect attention from their allies in Damascus. Time and time again, without any factual basis, Russia attempts to place blame on others. There’s an obvious truth here that must be spoken. The truth is Russia, Assad, and Iran have no interest in peace,” the American envoy claimed.
Haley further questioned Moscow’s influence in the Muslim country, suggesting that Russia should pressure Damascus over the alleged chemical attack in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province on Tuesday.
“If Russia has the influence in Syria that it claims to have, we need to see them use it. We need to see them put an end to these horrific acts,” said the former South Carolina governor, further claiming that Washington was concerned about the victims.
“For the sake of the victims, I hope the rest of the council is finally willing to do the same,” she said. “How many more children have to die before Russia cares?”
Russia’s Deputy Ambassador to the UN Vladimir Safronkov, for his part, said such attacks were provoked by ex-US President Barack Obama’s threat of military action if a “red line” was crossed and chemical weapons were used in Syria.
The war of words came over a resolution drafted by Britain, France and the US, which condemned the alleged attack and called for a full investigation into the incident.
The suspected chemical attack targeted the town of Khan Shaykhun in Idlib and was followed by alleged air raids that hit a hospital, where victims of the assault were being treated.
The Syrian army has rejected playing any role in the attack, maintaining that it “has never used them (chemical weapons), anytime, anywhere, and will not do so in the future.”
Russia has also questioned the data, on which the latest proposed UN resolution was based.
This, however, failed to change US President Donald Trump’s mind about the suspected attack.
“It crossed a lot of lines for me.” the Republican president said at a joint press conference with Jordan’s King Abdullah II in the White House Rose Garden.
“When you kill innocent children, innocent babies, little babies with a chemical gas that is so lethal that people were shocked to hear what gas it was, that crosses many lines beyond the red line. Many, many lines,” claimed the New York businessman-turned-politician. “I will tell you, what happened yesterday is unacceptable to me.”
Trump, who has claimed to be a critic of former President Barack Obama’s decision to attack Syria, said he had a change of heart ever since he saw footage of the attack.
“I do change. I am flexible. I am proud of that flexibility,” he said. “I will tell you that attack on children yesterday had a big impact on me. Big impact. It was a horrible, horrible thing. I’ve been watching it and seeing it, and it does not get any worse than that. I have that flexibility. And it is very, very possible, and I will tell you it is already happened, that my attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much.”
Washington has been leading a bombing campaign in Syria against what are said to be Daesh terrorists inside the country since September 2014 without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate. The strikes have led to a high number of civilian deaths.
During the Wednesday emergency meeting at the UN Security Council, the US allies also echoed Haley’s remarks.
“Our draft resolution condemns his attack and calls for consequences. All 15 Security Council members should be able to condemn this and every use of chemical weapons,” said Matthew Rycroft, the UK representative to UN.