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Israeli police arrest 3 Palestinian children in Silwan

Aug. 14, 2011 5:11 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 15, 2011 8:24 P.M.)
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.
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