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3 Palestinian minors detained after allegedly attacking Jewish minor

April 18, 2016 3:27 P.M. (Updated: April 18, 2016 4:59 P.M.)
Israeli forces in occupied East Jerusalem on October 13, 2015. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli, FIle)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Three Palestinian minors were detained Monday afternoon after they allegedly attacked a Jewish minor in occupied East Jerusalem's Old City.

Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said in a statement that the mother a Jewish minor called the police on Monday afternoon to report that her son was attacked and beaten by three Palestinian minors in the Old City of Jerusalem.

She added that police and border guard officers rushed to the area and apprehended the alleged attackers after viewing footage from security cameras installed in the area.

Two suspects were detained after footage reportedly showed them running towards a nearby school, and the third was detained after he was seen running to a local house.

The three were taken to a police station in the Old City for questioning, and the following interrogation identified the detained boys as 13-year-old Palestinian residents of occupied East Jerusalem.

Monday's incident comes after Israeli police detained two 12-year-old Palestinian boys for allegedly planning a stab attack in Jerusalem's Old City on Thursday.

According to prisoners’ rights organization Addameer, 406 of the 7,000 Palestinians currently held in Israeli prisons are minors. An estimated 108 of these youths are under the age of 16.

Israel’s widespread practice of detaining Palestinian children, sometimes in the same prison facilities as adults, has been criticized as breaching the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Israel ratified in 1991.

The convention states that “the arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child shall be in conformity with the law and shall be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time.”

A report released last week by Human Rights Watch documented -- again -- cases of Palestinian children detained in the occupied Palestinian territory being abused by Israeli forces and “routinely” interrogated without the presence of their parents.

On Palestinian Prisoner's Day Sunday, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah highlighted in a statement the record number of children being held in Israeli jails. B’Tselem documented a 250 percent increase in Palestinian minors in custody during the last three months of 2015, in tandem with a wave of violence that has spread across the Palestinian territory since October.
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