At approximately 12:30pm on Thursday 10 December 2009, an Israeli force penetrated approximately 350 meters into the north of the Gaza Strip, into an area of demolished industrial premises southwest of Erez Crossing.
Palestinians who were removing rubble from the area were present there when the IOF advanced.
The Israeli force arrested two children; Mahmoud Jamil Hassan Al Yazji, Mohammed Hatem Qassem Al Kafarna(16 and 17 respectively), and took them into Israel.
A few hours later, the IOF released Mohammed Al Kafarna while Mahmoud Al Yazji has remained in detention.
This is the second time in which the IOF invade this area and arrest Palestinian civilians.
According to Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights lawyer, the IOF transferred the child Mahmoud Al Yazji to Ashkelon prison and interrogated him.
On Sunday 13 December 2009, the Israeli court extended the detention period until Friday 18 December 2009.
According to Al Mezan's information Palestinian civilians go to that area and other areas where IOF had demolished homes and other structures to remove the rubble and sell it to brick factories, which recycle it into new bricks that are badly needed for construction in Gaza.
This is the only source of bricks for construction that is available in the Gaza Strip, which suffers from acute shortage in construction materials due the Israeli siege.
Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights strongly condemns the continued violations of the rules of international humanitarian and human rights law by the IOF; especially those directed against children in Gaza.
It also condemns the continuous invasions and attacks against civilians in the borders, which come in the context of Israel's attempt to enforce a security 'buffer zone' inside the Gaza Strip.