At the end of October, a total of 307 Palestinian children were imprisoned in the Israeli military detention system, an increase of 79.5 percent from September. This is the largest number of Palestinian child detainees in Israeli military detention since April 2010.
The number of young children detained between the ages of 12 and 15 was 78, an 189% increase from September. This includes two children between 12 and 14 years old.
Administrative detention used against Palestinian children
Israeli authorities placed three Palestinian teenagers from East Jerusalem under administrative detention in October, the first time the measure has been used against Palestinian minors in nearly four years. Administrative detention is the imprisonment of individuals by the state for prolonged periods without charge or trial. Read more.
Increasing violence against Palestinian children
Tensions over access to the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City escalated into lethal attacks across East Jerusalem and the rest of the occupied West Bank in early October. In the first three weeks of October, Defense for Children International - Palestine (DCIP) confirmed that Israeli forces killed 10 Palestinian children in separate incidents across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.