Approximately half of all children detained continue to report being arrested at night in what are described as terrifying raids by the military. Towards the end of 2015 there was a spike in the number of children who reported being arrested at night coinciding with increased unrest in the West Bank.
In February 2013, UNICEF
recommended that all arrests of children should be conducted during daylight, notwithstanding exceptional and grave situations.
In February 2014, Israel’s military authorities announced
the introduction of a pilot programme to issue written summonses to limit the number of children detained at night. The programme commenced operation in the Nablus and Hebron districts but was suspended in or about September 2014 due to “increased violence” in the West Bank. The military authorities stated at the time that they did not keep any statistics
during the operation of the programme but that they did intend to re-introduce its operation.
During the initial operation of the pilot programme in 2014, UNICEF
documented 24 cases in which summonses were used in lieu of arresting children at night but noted that some of the summonses were delivered by the military during night-time raids and violations continued to be reported during the subsequent interrogation process at the military detention centre or police station.
The evidence indicates that the pilot programme was re-started in or about March 2015 with most summonses subsequently being delivered by the military in the middle of the night. During the course of 2016 there appears to have been a sharp decline in the use of summonses with night arrests returning to their 2013 levels prior to the introduction of the pilot scheme.
The most recent case documented by MCW in which a summons was issued occurred in May 2016 when the military issued a summons at 2:00 a.m.
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- M.A.N.B. - September 2017
- N.S.M.R. - August 2017
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