Palestine: Five children kidnapped in East Jerusalem

4th Dec 2013

IMEMC & Agencies: The Israeli police said that it arrested five Palestinian children from Sur Baher town, south of occupied East Jerusalem, on suspicion of throwing stones at a settler’s vehicle, causing an injury to a settler’s child.

The police said the incident took place a few days ago, and that the children “confessed” to the crime during the interrogation, and recreated the scene in front of their interrogators. Similar to previous cases involving dozens of detained Palestinian children, no family members or lawyers were present during the interrogation.
Israeli sources said that the police would likely be arresting more children who were either directly involved in the incident or involved in alleged similar attacks.

In related news, soldiers kidnapped a cameraman working for the Maan News Agency at a military roadblock, near the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

Earlier on Tuesday, dozens of soldiers invaded the southern West Bank city of Hebron, kidnapping four Palestinians. The army also installed a military roadblock at the entrance of the Al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron, and several roadblocks close to the Halhoul town, north of the city.

Furthermore, several Israeli settlers attacked several homes in Khirbit Um Al-Kheir village, east of Yatta town south of Hebron.

Another group of settlers from the illegal Etnael settlement invaded Emresh and Raboud villages, south of Doura town, southwest of Hebron, and attacked several homes.

Israel is currently holding captive nearly 4,900 Palestinians, including at least 190 children and 14 women. At least 142 Palestinians are currently held under arbitrary administrative detention orders without charges or trial.


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