BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police said Sunday that a 13-year-old Palestinian boy was awaiting indictment after he was detained in Aida refugee camp in the southern occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem last week for throwing stones.
Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said that the boy, who remained unidentified, threw stones at Rachel’s Tomb, which is located just next to the camp beyond Israel’s separation wall and next to a military base.
Al-Samri did not specify when the boy was detained. She said he was released on a conditional basis and would be indicted at a later date.
The police statement said that the boy was detained while he was holding a slingshot and wearing Kufiyeh scarf covering his face. Al-Samri included a picture purporting to show the slingshot and scarf that were seized from the 13-year-old child.
Al-Samri said that the boy also confessed to being involved “in similar events,” during his interrogation.
She added that seven other Palestinians were detained last week in Aida refugee camp on suspicion of throwing stones, Molotov cocktails, and improvised explosive devices at Rachel’s Tomb.
Israeli forces clashed with Palestinian youth late Thursday afternoon in the camp, when at least two residents were detained.
n Wednesday, an Israeli military vehicle stormed Aida refugee camp in broad daylight, and violently detained 14-year-old Ali Jawarish
while he was walking home from school, with locals saying no clashes were taking place at the time.
Multiple witnesses said that no clashes were taking place and there was no rock throwing when the military vehicle suddenly careened through a narrow road in the refugee camp and stopped near a group of school children who were on their way home from school.
Al-Samri confirmed to Ma’an that the unidentified boy mentioned in her statement on Sunday was not Jawarish, but said she could not identify suspects who were minors.
Meanwhile, right groups have widely documented the abuse of Palestinian children by Israeli forces and the harsh interrogation practices used to force their confessions, which has long been the target of criticism by the international community.
A recent article published by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz has confirmed the extent to which Shin Bet interrogators subject their to torture.
Defense for Children International – Palestine has said their research showed that almost two-thirds of Palestinian children detained in the occupied West Bank by Israeli forces had endured physical violence after their arrest.