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West Bank, ALRAY - Israeli prison service is to issue a decision prohibiting the presence of representatives of detained children; Palestinian children detainees, that transferred to Damoon recently, have no representativeS, Palestinian prisoners club reported Tuesday.

The club explained in a statement that the decision is applied according to classification policy, that classifies the prisoners into two categories, the prisons that located on 1948 occupied Palestinian lands and the prisons located on 1967 occupied Palestinian lands.    

The statement reported that the decision prohibits the presence of representatives for children detainees in Damoon and Majedo, Ofer prison is excluded because it is located in the territories occupied in 1967.

IPS in Damoon decided to return Musa Hamed, Muhammad Dallash and Salah Riahi, who were transferred from “Ofer and Majdou” prisons following a preliminary agreement to resolve the issue and allow the presence of representatives for the transferred children.

The statement explained that the IPS allowed the aforementioned detainee to enter the cells for several hours then announced the decision that prohibits the presence of representatives for the children detainees. Thus, it decided to return them. 

The club stressed that the children detainee subjected to a planned policy that IPS started to apply it when it transferred some children detainees to Damoon recently in 2019.   

The total number of children detainees in Israeli prisons is about 200 children that are detained in Ofra, Majedo and Damoon.

 The Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)–the body of 18 Independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by its State parties—has consistently and clearly stated that a child’s best interests should supersede other considerations of the state,