Israeli forces arrest 7-year-old child in West Bank

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“A new video has emerged showing Israeli soldiers violently arresting a seven-year-old Palestinian boy in the occupied West Bank.

The incident took place in the city of al-Khalil (Hebron) on Monday morning after several young children started throwing stones at an Israeli checkpoint.

Palestinian sources said that Israeli troops came out of the checkpoint and threw stun grenades and fired tear gas canisters at the children.

The Israeli forces arrested Yousef Hajajreh, 12, and Oday Rajabi, 7, the latter being on his way to school.

A teacher was also forced into a headlock as he was trying to intervene in the arrest of the crying seven-year old. The Israeli forces dragged him up the road, where he was arrested.

Palestinian sources added that Malak Salaymeh, 18, was also detained as he confronted the troops.

Seven-year-old Rajabi was reportedly detained at the checkpoint for around 40 minutes before being released.

Hiba Masalha, a lawyer with the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees and Ex-detainees Affairs, said in June that the number of Palestinian children held in Israeli prisons has increased to 250.

In January, the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel accused the Tel Aviv regime of torturing Palestinian children, saying the minors are routinely held in outdoor cages for hours after their arrest. The organization said the children have to endure freezing temperatures outside transit facilities, and this kind of torture is a long-running practice meant to terrify the detained children.”

Report Source Press TV

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