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Youth arrested, stripped at Beit Iba checkpoint for allegedly carrying explosives

Nov. 18, 2008 1:13 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 18, 2008 1:13 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Israeli forces closed the Beit Iba checkpoint west of Nablus on Tuesday after suddenly surrounding a young boy claiming he was in possession of an explosive device.

Ma'an's cameraman captured the incident as Israeli soldiers forced the boy to strip in the road then transfer him to a military vehicle. Soldiers brought out an explosives detector and claimed to detonate a pipe bomb that the youth was carrying.

Bystanders doubted whether the boy was indeed carrying any explosives, since several incidents have been recorded in the Nablus governorate of boys being falsely accused and detained.

On Monday Israeli forces closed the other major road to the Nablus governorate to the south of the city. Two young boys were detained at the Huwwarah checkpoint south of Nablus after they Israeli soldiers claimed they were carrying knives; the boys were transferred to an unknown location and remain in Israeli custody.

Member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) Mustafa Barghouthi condemned what he called the "public humiliation carried out by the Israeli army on a Palestinian youth," in a statement Tuesday evening.
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