Israeli troops abuse Palestinian boy

Video shows soldiers blindfolding and handcuffing disabled 11-year-old boy for throwing stones.

    Israeli soldiers have been accused of abusing a mentally disabled Palestinian boy for reportedly throwing stones, a human rights group has said.

    Footage captured on Sunday showed two soldiers roughing up an 11-year-old child in Hebron, in the occupied West Bank, on suspicion he had thrown stones at troops.

    B'Tselem, an Israeli human rights group, said the child who cannot speak, was handcuffed, blindfolded and bundled into the back of a jeep, despite cries by nearby Palestinians that he was mentally impaired.

    He was reportedly held on the floor of the vehicle for 15 minutes before his father arrived and convinced the soldiers that he be released.

    Residents of the nearby Kiryat Arba Israeli settlement could be heard cheering the soliders in the video.  

    On Monday, Palestinians in the West Bank town of Sinjil accused an Israeli settler of killing a schoolgirl and injuring another in a hit-and-run.

    The Palestinian Ambassador to the UN, Riyad Mansour, said two girls were hit by a speeding car while crossing the road to their mothers after leaving a school bus.

    Mansour, said Inas Khalil, 5, died as a result of her injuries, and Nilin Asfour, 8, was in critical condition.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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