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Israel charges two 12-year-old Palestinian boys with attempted murder

Jan. 4, 2016 2:59 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 5, 2016 10:10 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli military prosecutors on Sunday charged two Palestinian 12-year-old boys with attempted murder and possession of knives, the prisoners' rights group Addameer said.

A lawyer for the group, Muhammad Mahmoud, told Ma'an that the charges were among those submitted to the Jerusalem central court against Shadi Farrah and Ahmad Zatari, both 12 years old.

The court judge decided to send Farrah to a reformatory in Beit Hanina in East Jerusalem and Zatari to a reformatory in Tamara in Israel.

Amjad Abu Asab, who heads an East Jerusalem committee for prisoners' families, said that both children were detained last Wednesday and were "interrogated in the absence of adult family members and lawyers, which is a serious violation of Israeli law and international law."

Abu Asab added that the Jerusalem central court had also ordered each of the boys' families to pay a bail of 5,000 shekels and sign a bail of 10,000 shekels.

According to Israeli watchdog Military Court Watch, there were 407 Palestinian children in Israeli custody at the end of November.

That was up from 171 children at the end of September, before a wave of popular unrest swept the occupied Palestinian territory the following month.
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