Second Palestinian child in Israeli custody tests positive for COVID-19

A Palestinian boy walks past street art showing a COVID-19 coronavirus, in Gaza City on September 22, 2020. (photo: AFP / Mohammed Abed)
Israel’s detention and prosecution of children in military courts is a human rights issue and the stakes are even higher during a pandemic.

By No Way to Treat a Child  |  Oct 2, 2020

‘Israeli authorities have exhibited near-complete disregard for Palestinian child detainees’ health and well-being amidst the COVID-19 pandemic,’
— Ayed Abu Eqtaish, Accountability Program director at DCIP

Ramallah, September 30, 2020—A 14-year-old Palestinian boy detained by Israeli forces from the occupied West Bank in mid-September tested positive for COVID-19 after spending two days in Israeli custody.

Israeli forces detained the 14-year old Palestinian boy* around noon on September 15 in the Bab al-Zawya area of the occupied West Bank city of Hebron. He was transferred to an Israeli police station in Kiryat Arba, an illegal settlement in the southernmost West Bank governorate of Hebron. After he was interrogated and accused of stone-throwing, Israeli authorities transferred him to Etzion detention center around 8 p.m.

Around 1:30 a.m. on September 17, Israeli authorities transferred the boy from Etzion detention center to Megiddo prison located inside Israel, north of the occupied West Bank. He arrived at Megiddo prison around 4 a.m. and was placed in a room with two other Palestinian child detainees.

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