ALRAY, Ramallah- About 2070 Palestinian children killed, and more 13000 injured since the outbreak of Al-Aqsa Intifada in 2000, until last March 2016, official sources reported.
The Israeli occupation forces detained more than 12,000 Palestinian children since 2000, where nearly 480 children are still languishing in Israeli prisons. Of them almost 95% were severely tortured and beaten during the arrest campaign and the interrogations intervals, a press statement issued by the Ministry of Information stated.
The statement added that the IOF annually detains nearly 700 children from different districts, under the pretext of throwing stones at the Israeli troops and settlers. Adding to that, the Israeli violations that Palestinian students face on the Israeli checkpoint centered on the entrances of cities and camps.
Moreover, the problems of rampant poverty that directly reflected their impact on children, especially in the Gaza Strip with the lasting siege imposed nearly ten years. The regression of the economic situation prompted many of Palestinian children to leave schools for work, where the percentage of the children aged 10-17 enrolled in labor market amounted to about 4.1 %, according to Palestinian Central Bureau of Statics.
The statement has also explained that 85% of children in Jerusalem live below the poverty line. According to the Association for Civil Rights, the number of East Jerusalem residents is 371,844 Palestinians, 79% of them live below the poverty line, as a result of the harsh policies and measures of the Israeli occupation against them.
The school dropout rate amounted to 40% in Jerusalem schools, while the city suffers from a lack of maternal and child health centers, since there are only four places compared to western Jerusalem, where there are 25 centers in the care of children.