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4 teens detained after allegedly throwing Molotov cocktails at settlement

March 26, 2016 9:56 A.M. (Updated: March 27, 2016 4:48 P.M.)
Israeli undercover policemen and border guards detain a Palestinian protester during clashes in the occupied East Jerusalem's Shufat district on Sept. 27, 2013 following Friday prayers. (AFP/File)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli police late Friday detained four Palestinian teens after they allegedly threw Molotov cocktails at an illegal Israeli settlement in occupied East Jerusalem.

Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said the teens hurled firebombs at Beit Orot settlement, located northeast of the Old City near Mount of Olives and the Palestinian al-Suwwana neighborhood.

A lawyer for the Silwan-based watchdog Wadi Hilweh Information Center told Ma’an the four were taken to the Russian Compound police station for questioning.

The lawyer identified the detainees as Abdullah Samir Fahd Abu Sbeitan, 17, Basim Mahir Sbeitani, 17, Siraj Mahmoud Udah Abu Sbeitan, 16, and Mahmoud Ahmad Abu al-Hawa, 17.

The lawyer visited the teens in detention, where they told him a group of undercover Israeli officers -- known as “mustarabeen” -- detained them near al-Tur junction.

One of the four told the lawyer he was on his way to a pharmacy to buy medicine, another said he was working in the area, while the other two said they were walking home when they were detained.

The lawyer said signs of torture were clear on the bodies of Siraj and Basim.

The Beit Orot settlement reportedly targeted by Molotov cocktails Friday was established in 1990, financed by a Jewish-American citizen of Israel.

The area was originally slated to be site of a Palestinian school, and the settlement’s construction has been controversial and in violation of international law.

At least 550 Jerusalemite Palestinians are currently held in Israeli prisons, according to prisoners’ rights group Addameer.

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