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March 21: Soldiers detain 8 -year-old boy near schoolOn the morning of March 21 at about 10 AM soldiers detained an eight year old boy who was playing on a scooter. The boy had left the Old City through the Mosque checkpoint, and was passing by the Ibrahimi Boys School on his way to the Qitoun checkpoint when soldiers detained him. Several adults stopped and teachers came out of the Ibrahimi School. The soldiers released the boy after about 15 minutes.March 15: Soldiers arrest and detain 2 boys, age 9 and 11Soldiers detained one adult man and two boys, aged 9 and 11 near checkpoint 56. The soldiers handcuffed both boys with plastic zip cuffs, and handcuffed and blindfolded the man. They then held all three inside the closed checkpoint cabin (a metal building approximately 6 ft x 16 ft) for one and a half hours. Several soldiers remained inside the closed space with the children. During this time soldiers outside the cabin denied access to internationals. After one and a half hours the soldiers placed all three detainees in a military jeep and took them to the police station.March 12. Military training blocks roads & prevents accessIsraeli soldiers in Hebron conduct frequent military trainings in public areas. Soldiers train with rifles as children pass through checkpoints to school. Often residents of the Old City are startled by patrols moving through residential streets and market areas, pointing their rifles at passersby.On March 21 a large military exercise disrupted access for several hours. At about 4PM soldiers closed streets near the Old City, making it extremely difficult for Palestinians to enter or leave the neighborhood. The exercise included the loading of “injured “victims into ambulances. Soldiers aimed their weapons, and ran and drove through the streets for several hours. Families walked through the exercise as they tried to go about their regular business. Many were delayed because checkpoints were closed for portions of the exercise.During these exercises children are aware that the combat skills being practiced may one day be used against their community.