Israeli troops seen ‘cuffing Palestinian children’

The children aged five to nine years were detained with their hands cuffed, according to witnesses

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Four Palestinian children aged five to nine were detained by Israeli troops in the West Bank for more than an hour on Friday with their hands cuffed, Palestinian witnesses said.

Palestinian activist Murad Ashtiye told Agence France-Presse that clashes erupted with soldiers in the village during the weekly protest there against Israeli occupation by Palestinians and international activists.

“Four children who were present in the area had stun grenades thrown at them by Israeli soldiers, which frightened them,” said Ashtiye of the village's Popular Struggle Coordination Committee.

“Then the soldiers arrested them and tied their hands behind their backs using plastic strips,” he added, identifying the children as Tariq Hikmet, 9, Hossam Khaldun, 7, six-year old Malak Hikmet and Ahmad Abdessalam, 5.

An Israeli military spokeswoman elaborated on the incident saying that that the troop rounded up some minors during a riot in the northern West bank village of Kfar Qaddum but held them only briefly.

“A group of Palestinian children were detected setting fire to tires,” she said. “These riots usually start with burning tires being rolled at security forces,” the spokeswoman said, as quoted by AFP.

She did not mention the children’s ages or if they were handcuffed, but said the Israeli military will be reviewing the incident.

(With AFP)

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