Israeli Soldiers Detain 10-year-old Palestinian Boy for 3 Hours

Qusai Al-Ja’ar, 10, was detained for over 3 hours by Israeli soldiers. (Photo: via Social Media)

Israeli occupation forces recently detained a ten-year-old Palestinian boy for more than three hours, according to human rights NGO B’Tselem.

Qusai Al-Ja’ar, who lives in Beit Ummar, a village north of Hebron (Al-Khalil) in the southern occupied West Bank, was taken by soldiers on October 18, during an early evening raid.

Qusai had been helping his father to remove leftover concrete from the family home, using the boy’s bicycle, when a military jeep suddenly pulled up.

Four soldiers got out, and walked up to Qusai, with one grabbing him by the shirt and dragging him towards the jeep, without even one word of explanation.

Qusai’s father, Ibrahim, urged the soldiers to free his son, at which one of the soldiers “fired a single shot in the air”. When other relatives – including the mother, Khitam – tried to intervene, “soldiers shoved them…threw stun grenades and tear gas canisters, and one fired another shot in the air”.

According to B’Tselem, soldiers “handcuffed and blindfolded Qusai inside the jeep”, then took him to a military post in the Carmei Tzur settlement nearby.

When Ibrahim arrived, soldiers allowed the father to stand next to his son, as soldiers interrogated Qusai about other children in the village. After more than three hours, Qusai was released.

The boy told researchers:

“I was very tired and went to bed early. I was scared and cried the whole time the soldiers detained me. I only managed to stop crying when my father came”.

The Israeli rights group noted that it has “documented previous incidents in which Israeli armed forces unlawfully detained Palestinian children below the age of criminal liability.”

(Middle East Monitor, PC, Social Media)

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