An Israeli rights group has shared a video showing a group of masked Israeli forces grabbing and detaining a child amid clashes with Palestinian protesters in the occupied West Bank.
The incident occurred on Wednesday when a group of Palestinian protesters from the village of Kafr Qadum were staging a weekly protest against the expansion of an Israeli settlement which has cut off the main rout of the area to Nablus, B’Tselem said.
The masked men grabbed the seven-year-old boy and detained him for 10 minutes after they ambushed the group of protesters from the roadside,
“I cried and screamed because of how they looked. The soldiers detained me for about 10 minutes. They shot at the protesters with me next to them,” B’Tselem cited the boy as saying.
According to the Palestinian International Solidarity Movement and the Palestinian Ma’an News Agency, three Palestinians were injured by rubber bullets during the protest.
Residents of Kafr Qadum started their weekly protests in 2011, eight years after the 2003 expansion of the illegal Kedumim settlement.
The protest was held a few days after the UN Security Council passed a resolution, condemning the Israeli settlement construction in the Palestinian occupied lands.
Israeli forces arrest many Palestinian protesters, including children, during similar gatherings across the Palestinian territories.
According to the Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCIP) rights group, there has been a sharp rise in the number of administrative detention cases of Palestinian children over the past few months.
The so-called administrative detention is a manner of imprisonment without trial or charge that allows the Tel Aviv regime to incarcerate Palestinians for up to six months. The detention order can be renewed for indefinite periods.
In September, the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs reported that at least 1,000 Palestinian children have been detained by Israeli forces since the beginning of the year.
Israelis shoot Palestinian woman
In another development, Israeli forces shot and wounded a Palestinian woman near Jerusalem al-Quds on Friday.
Israeli police claimed the 35-year-old was approaching a checkpoint in the area with a knife.
Witnesses at the site said she was left for around an hour after the attack on the ground before receiving treatment.