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Soldiers Detain, Interrogate Child in Hebron
CPTers photographed the incident and a soldier threatened to break their cameras. The soldiers took the boy to the nearby “Osma ben Monqeth” what so-called “Israeli settlement of Beit Romano”, where they took him behind the main security gate (see photo above). A woman related to the boy approached the gate and asked to see him. Soldiers refused, and she was visibly distressed.
The soldiers continued to question the boy an hour after they had detained him. During this time he did not have a parent, guardian, lawyer, or any sympathetic adult with him – a clear violation of International Humanitarian Law. CPTers challenged the soldiers and asked when the boy would be released. The soldiers stated their procedure is to detain any child suspected of stone-throwing. The boy was released to the custody of the Palestinian Authority police through Checkpoint 56, and then to the custody of his parents.