Israel army arrests 8-year-old Palestinian in West Bank

By Qais Abu Samra

HEBRON/RAMALLAH, Palestine (AA) – The Israeli army on Friday arrested an eight-year-old Palestinian boy in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron (Al-Khalil), according to a Palestinian activist.

Mohamed Awad, an anti-settlement activist, told Anadolu Agency that an Israeli military force had arrested the child, Omar Abu Ayyash, in Hebron’s Beit Ummar district.

According to the army, the eight-year-old was arrested for throwing stones at Israeli troops deployed in the city.

In a related development, a Palestinian ambulance driver was hurt when Israeli troops opened fire on a Palestinian ambulance — with rubber bullets — in the town of Ras Karkar west of Ramallah.

According to the Palestinian Red Crescent (PRC), the driver was injured by fragments of broken glass.

Every Friday, Palestinians across the West Bank stage rallies to protest Israel’s longstanding policy of building Jewish settlements on confiscated Palestinian land.

According to Israeli and Palestinian estimates, roughly 650,000 Jewish settlers currently live in settlements across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.