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Watch: Israeli forces detain 4 teenage girls in south Hebron hills
Published Wednesday 28/05/2014 (updated) 08/06/2014 11:54
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A general view of Tuba, home to 145 people, in the south Hebron hills.
(MaanImages/Charlie Hoyle)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Tuesday detained four Palestinian girls in the south Hebron hills after a settler accused them of stealing cherries, human rights group B'Tselem said.

The girls, aged 11 to 15, were on their way home from school with an Israeli army escort when Israeli police arrested them. They were taken to an Israeli police station in Hebron with no adult accompaniment and held for four hours until being handed over to Palestinian police and released.

"The absurdity and injustice of holding four girls on suspicion of such a minor offense is disgraceful and outrageous, especially given that the authorities systematically refrain from enforcing the law on settlers who attack these girls and their families," B'Tselem said.

International volunteers from Operation Dove filmed the incident.

Settlers routinely attack Palestinians and their property in the occupied West Bank. Over 90 percent of attacks go unpunished.

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1 ) d'Arc / USA
28/05/2014 23:05
Sue the settler for false allegations and demand the courts force him to pay costs of both cases, plus exemplary damages.

2 ) Marianne Fleur / Belgium
29/05/2014 19:02
To "steal" cherries on the stolen land of a settler?!!! And to be arrested? This show the face of the Israeli "democracy".

3 ) Listian Achmad / indonesia
30/05/2014 17:34
these kind of news' are so often and so normal in Palestine.. i am afraid we will become numb. and get used to it. school children arrested for stealing cherries?? for God sake!.. israeli elites are truly on the top of the world!
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