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15-year-old arrested at Huwwara checkpoint

Sept. 1, 2008 9:20 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 1, 2008 9:20 P.M.)
Nablus - Ma'an - Israeli forces arrested a Palestinian boy at the Huwwara checkpoint south of the West Bank city of Nablus on Monday afternoon after he reportedly attempted to stab an Israeli soldier.

Fifteen-year-old Ahmad 'Aref Mohammed Saleh Hamayel was arrested. Local sources in the village of Beita, Hamayel's home, denied reports that he had been carrying a knife.

According to sources in the village, Hamayel left for school on Monday morning and never returned. Hamayel is in the 10th grade.

The boy's relatives appealed to the Palestinian Authority and humanitarian organizations to intervene with the Israeli side in order to release their son.

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