Israeli soldiers used slingshots to hurl stones at Palestinian school children they are deployed to protect, footage posted on YouTube shows.
The video taken on 25 October at 13:05 and uploaded by AtTuwaniProject, shows Israeli soldiers using slingshots to throw stones at Palestinian primary school children who are on their way home from school between the villages of Tuba and Twaneh in the South Hebron Hills.
Soldiers are deployed in the area to walk the children to and from school – a journey that takes them past the settlement – and to their homes in order to stop settlers attacking them.
— Sarah Wilkinson (@swilkinsonbc) October 28, 2016
On the morning the footage was taken, the soldiers failed to meet the children at the designated point, forcing them to walk part of the way without an escort.
Al-Tuwani is a village in the South Hebron Hills area of the occupied West Bank, where thousands of Palestinians living in dozens of small communities are resisting expulsion or the loss of their land from encroaching Israeli settlements.
Settlers from the nearby colony of Havat Maon habitually attack Palestinians.
In one such incident last November, masked, rock-throwing Israelis injured a 6-year-old Palestinian girl in the head.
(MEMO, ELECTRONIC INTIFDA, PC)