BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Undercover Israeli operatives detained and interrogated a 7-year-old Palestinian boy and his twelve-year-old brother in occupied East Jerusalem Tuesday.The boy and his older brother, from the Zaatari family in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi al-Joz, were detained by Israeli operatives dressed as Palestinian locals while walking in the street Tuesday evening, the boys’ grandfather told Ma’an.
The Zaatari family has had four children deatined this week, Ihab Ahmed Zaatari, 7, and Muhammad Mahdi Zaatari 12, detained on Tuesday just one day after Alaa Magdy Zaatari, Mehdi Barakat Zaatari, both 15, were detained Monday.An Israeli police spokesperson did not immediately return Ma’an’s request for information on the incident, but told Israeli media the children were detained after throwing rocks at a bus.
The 7-year-old was reportedly interrogated for nearly eight hours.
The children were taken in a squad car to National Police Headquarters, where family members saw them in the vehicle in the parking lot. At 11:30 p.m. the children were taken to the Shalem police station and the 6-year-old was not released to his parents until 3:30 a.m, Haaretz reported.