Israeli police arrest 3 Palestinian children in Silwan

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An undercover unit of the Israeli forces arrested two
Palestinian children and one teenager from the Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan
on Sunday, a local committee member and Israeli police spokesman
said.

Abed Al-Karim, member of a local Silwan committee which protects
land from annexation, said that Israeli forces arrested Musellem Mousa Auda, 11,
Mohamad Auda, 13, and Kathem Abu Shafee, 17.

Undercover units raided
Silwan at 11.30 a.m. on Sunday morning, Al-Karim told Ma’an radio, arresting the
three boys without providing any justification.

Jerusalem police
spokesman Shmuel Ben Ruby said three children had been detained.

“They
threw stones at our police force, luckily no-one was hurt and we detained them,”
he said.

Al-Karim said Israeli actions such as these were designed to
intimidate neighborhood residents.

Clashes reportedly erupted between
Silwan residents and soldiers, with Israeli forces firing tear gas and stun
grenades at residents.

Rights groups say childrens’ rights are routinely
violated by Israeli forces.

A statement by the Palestinian Government
Media Center in August reported that Israeli soldiers and settlers have killed
nine children so far in 2011, and almost 200 children have been injured by
settler violence and the Israeli military.

(www.uruknet.de / 14.08.2011)

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