Israel to release 4-year-old Palestinian boy after 16 months detention
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) will release 4 year old Ali, who was detained after being found in the West Bank city of Nablus in September 2014.
The IDF said that it is allowing Ali to be brought home.
Ali was detained when he was about 1 year old.
His father said that Ali’s mother was allowed to see him only after his father went into labor.
“He has never been to school,” Ali’s father said.
“The IDF allowed us to take Ali to school.
The army allowed us [to bring him] to the hospital.
When we arrived in Nablu, Ali’s uncle was waiting for us there.
I don’t know what happened to him, but I hope that he gets well.
He is very happy and is doing well.
But the family is waiting for the army to release him.”
Ali was held for more than two years before his release.
He was arrested on October 15, 2014, and released after his release, but was held in Nafzeh Prison, according to his father.
“My son was detained for 16 months and we were given no information about what happened,” Ali said.
The child is in a special care center, but he is not receiving medical attention, according the IDF.
The military is allowing the family to continue to care for their son.
He said that they hope that his father will be released soon.
Ali is not the only child detained by the Israeli Defense Force.
An Israeli soldier was recently released after more than a year behind bars, according a Haaretz article.
A report published in January 2016 by Human Rights Watch found that more than 70 percent of Palestinians detained by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem were detained for “security reasons” that did not meet international standards.
The report said that Israeli forces detained Palestinian children between the ages of 3 and 14 for “administrative reasons” and used excessive force, which violated international law and “violated Palestinian children’s rights to be free of arbitrary arrest, detention and prosecution.”
The Israeli government did not respond to a request for comment on Ali’s case.
The family of Ali said that he is “so happy” and is “doing well.”
“He is very excited about his return to school and is going to graduate from the college next month,” his mother told Haaretz.
“But we hope that our son gets well.”
The IDF did not immediately respond to Haaretz’s request for an interview with the family.