Israeli forces detain 15-year-old in Hebron
Published Wednesday 19/02/2014 (updated) 20/02/2014 22:48
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Wednesday detained a Palestinian teenager in Hebron for allegedly throwing rocks at settlers.
Awni Imad Abu Shamsiyeh, 15, was detained and taken to the Tal al-Rumeida checkpoint on Shuhada Street for over an hour before he was taken to the Kiryat Arba police station with his father.
Abu Shamsiyeh denied the rock-throwing allegations.
His father, Imad, said they were in a room at the police station for two hours, before they were separated when his son was taken to an interrogation room alone.
A fine of 300 shekels ($85) was paid by the father, after an initial fee of 1000 shekels ($285) was reduced, and Abu Shamsiyeh was released.
An Israeli military spokeswoman said that "two suspects" were detained in Hebron for "rock hurling." They were subsequently transferred to police for questioning and released, she added.
According to Defense for Children-International, around 500-700 Palestinian children are detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military system each year.
Three out of four Palestinian children are subject to physical violence during interrogation, according to the children's rights organization, while 96 percent are questioned alone and are rarely informed of their rights.
Hebron is a frequent site of clashes due to the presence of 500 Israeli settlers in the Old City, many of whom have illegally occupied Palestinian houses and forcibly removed the original inhabitants.
More than 500,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law.
The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.