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Watch: Israel border police detain 6-year-old in Hebron

April 24, 2014 7:40 P.M. (Updated: May 10, 2014 10:11 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Video footage has emerged of Israeli border police officers allegedly detaining a 6-year-old child in Hebron after he threw "pebbles" on Wednesday, activists in the southern West Bank city said.

Activists affiliated with the International Solidarity Movement said in a statement that Rami Rajabi was walking to school around 7 a.m. in central Hebron on Wednesday when three Israeli soldiers "burst out of an alleyway, grabbed his arm, and detained him in the street."

The incident reportedly occurred around 20 meters away from checkpoint 29, and the border policemen subsequently brought the boy to the checkpoint.

The activists said that the child was released after 20 minutes and taken home by a family member as a result of pressure from Palestinians and members of the group, who went to the checkpoint to force the soldiers to release the boy.

"What happened today is part of an ongoing campaign to intimidate the local population: Israeli forces harass children here in Hebron all the time," an unnamed activist from the group said in a statement.

A spokesperson from the Border Police could not be reached for comment.

A 2013 UN Committee on the Rights of the Child report said that around 7,000 children had been detained by Israel since 2002, or around two a day.

It said that they were "systematically subject to degrading treatment, and often to acts of torture."

Defense for Children International Palestine estimates that there were 230 Palestinian minors in Israeli prisons in Feb. 2014.

Hebron is a major site of tensions as a result of the presence of 500 Jewish settlers and thousands of Israeli soldiers, meaning that local Palestinian residents have to pass through checkpoints in order to move between neighborhoods in the Old City.

Some areas, like Shuhada Street, are almost completely shut to Palestinians while open to Jews, and thousands of Palestinians have left as a result of harassment and limitations imposed by Israeli authorities.
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