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Israeli court issues child with restraining order

July 17, 2010 6:42 P.M. (Updated: July 18, 2010 12:30 P.M.)
Jerusalem - Ma'an - A Jerusalem boy from the Baten Al-Hawa neighborhood of Silwan was issued a restraining order by an Israeli district court on Friday ordering the 12-year-old to stay away from a neighboring area.

Identified by the Wadi Hilwa Information Center as Ahmad Gheith, the boy's family had to pay 4,000 shekels ($1,035) in bail to ensure the release of their son, cash that will be remanded if the child enters the Al-Ein area, a neighborhood whose boundaries begin less than 30 meters from the family home.

Officials say Ahmad is in all practical terms under house arrest. His family reportedly feared he would be detained by Israeli forces if he left the home since the neighborhood he was prohibited from entering has indistinct boundaries that in some cases come up to points across the street.

The information center's director explained that the boy was detained by Israeli police on Thursday and taken to the Salah Ad-Din police station in Jerusalem after settlers in Silwan pointed him out as a stone thrower, charges he denies.

The boy's father was summoned by police on Thursday, but Ahmad was not released to his custody. Rather, he was held and transferred to the court where he faced an Israeli judge on Friday.

Convicted in a short hearing, the boy must stay away from the area currently inhabited by at least two settler homes for an undetermined period.
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