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Witnesses: Israeli troops cuff Palestinian children
Published Saturday 16/11/2013 (updated) 17/11/2013 11:42
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Israeli soldiers fire tear gas canisters towards Palestinian protesters
during clashes in the West Bank village of Bilin, west of Ramallah, on
Nov. 15, 2013 (AFP/Abbas Momani)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israeli troops in the West Bank detained four Palestinian children aged five to nine years for more than an hour Friday with their hands cuffed, Palestinian witnesses said.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said that troops rounded up some minors during rioting 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."

"Soldiers rounded up the children to prevent mayhem and when a commander arrived shortly afterwards they were released," she said.

She did not give their ages or say if handcuffs were used, but said that the incident was being reviewed by the military.

Palestinian activist Murad Ashtiye told AFP 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.

The UN Children's Fund's March report, entitled "Children in Israeli Military Detention," said Israel was the only country in the world where children were systematically tried in military courts and gave evidence of practices it said were "cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment."

"Ill-treatment of Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system appears to be widespread, systematic and institutionalized," it concluded, outlining 38 recommendations.

Over the past decade, UNICEF noted that Israel has detained "an average of two children each day."

Ma'an staff contributed to this report
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1 ) Colin Wright / USA
16/11/2013 09:37
Who handcuffs a FIVE YEAR OLD? These people are so evil they're clinically insane.

2 ) Carol Scheller / Switzerland
16/11/2013 11:41
Can't you pick on somebody your own size ?

3 ) Jana / US
16/11/2013 11:56
What else do you expect of these spineless Nazis, when it comes to fighting men they running the other way. Armed to hilt by America the feel a sense of self worth abusing children!

4 ) southparkbear / usa
16/11/2013 15:36
colin, a correction is needed, it was a five weeks old

5 ) JoeUSA / USA
16/11/2013 15:55
Do not blame it on anti-semitism when those kids grow up hating the only Jews they knew growing up. Heartless soldiers with guns that handcuffed them , threw stun grenades at them and scared the heck out of them.

6 ) Carla / Italy
16/11/2013 17:44
Send these Arab children to have a better life. In Iraq, Syria or Libya.

7 ) Johnny benson / USA
16/11/2013 19:13
Maybe the parents should keep the kids at home,and not send them out to get into trouble

8 ) Monique Buckner / UK
16/11/2013 22:47
If Johnny Benson paid attention he would know that Palestinian children are not safe from the Israeli military occupation even in their own homes. Parents do not 'send' out their children, just like black South African parents did not 'send' out their children to die at the hands of the racist white South African Police (SAP), who shot dead black school children.

9 ) BuzLightning / Norway
17/11/2013 01:33
#6 Afghanistan has a nice climate, and a high educational record for boys, not so good for girls though.

10 ) gabi / australia
17/11/2013 03:09
# 7 - more inanity from Johnny benson - keep children at home and that would prevent the IDF from treating them viciously - marvelous !! # 4 - more inanity! Gosh, can't you think of anything sensible to write? As for Carla # 6 - you have ingested, along with # 7 and # 4 those b.s. pills, haven't you? Check the label next time.

11 ) southparkbear / usa
17/11/2013 04:22
you can't do it Johnny. this is their easiest source of income if they are hurt or killed

12 ) Colin Wright / USA
17/11/2013 05:08
Chutzpah points for posters #5 and #6! Precisely what vileness would you NOT defend? Up next week: the two year old stomped to death challenge. Are you a REAL Zionist?

13 ) Colin Wright / USA
17/11/2013 05:58
To southparkbear #4: 'colin, a correction is needed, it was a five weeks old' Be patient, Southpark. The special Zio-treats are for Chanukah. They'll be even better then, won't they?

14 ) gabi / australia
20/11/2013 06:53
# 11 - you are truly a troll! But tell me, when was the last time Israel offered ANY compensation for any Palestinians hurt or killed by the IDF. Never. So you really do talk drivel.
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