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Israel seized more children in first days of 2009 than any other month

Jan. 18, 2009 5:09 P.M. (Updated: July 18, 2009 6:44 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - The number of children arrested by Israeli forces and brought before military courts in the first two weeks of January is double the average for any given week in 2008, said Defense for Children International (DCI) on Sunday.

They reported that the DCI legal department has received ten new cases for representation for children in military courts. This is again double the average of cases per month.

Most of the arrests are of children participating in demonstrations against Israeli aggression in the Gaza Strip, though DCI said it was not able to get statements from all of the children to confirm the allegations.

This is in conjunction with reports of hundreds of Palestinian adults being detained by Israeli forces both in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Israel.

As of 16 January, Palestinian Ministry of Health figures indicate that 1,155 Palestinians, including 370 children, have been killed since the start of Operation Cast Lead on 27 December 2008. According to the same source, 5,015 Palestinians have been injured, including 1,745 children.

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