On 11 October 2011, Israel and Hamas announced a deal to release Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the freeing of Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit. No children were reported to be on the list to be freed in the first release.
On 11 October 2011, Israel and Hamas announced a deal to release Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the freeing of Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit. Under the deal a total of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners are to be released in two stages beginning on 18 October, and concluding two months later.
Children not on the list
On Sunday, 16 October 2011, the Israeli authorities published a list of 477 prisoners, including 27 women, to be released in the first stage on 18 October. The list does not include any children. DCI-Palestine can not confirm how many children, if any, will be released at the second stage in December 2011.
According to the latest figures released by the Israeli Prison Service and DCI-Palestine, at the end of September there were 164 Palestinian children (12-17 years) in Israeli detention facilities, including 35 young children between the ages of 12–15 years. Seventy-six of these children have been sentenced, whilst 88 children are being held in pre-trial detention.
- Read more about the background in the attached document above
Previous News release items
- 17/10/2011: GRANDE BRETAGNE : Des dizaines d'enfants détenus
- 15/10/2011: OPT: Military Order 1676 – Raising the age of majority (Arabic)
- 14/10/2011: UK: Government outlines plans for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR)
- 14/10/2011: IRAQ: UN helps feed over 550,000 primary schoolchildren (Arabic)
- 14/10/2011: SYRIA: UN warns of possible civil war in Syria (Arabic)
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Last updated 19/10/2011 06:01:36