Conflict & Justice

Wadi Maswadeh, 5-year-old Palestinian, detained by Israeli army (VIDEO)

Disturbing video footage has emerged of a 5-year-old Palestinian boy being detained by the Israeli army for throwing stones at soldiers.

The video was taken and released by Israeli human rights group B'Tselem.

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It shows a group of Israeli soldiers surrounding a crying Wadi Maswadeh on a street in Hebron before taking him a man reported to be his father away in a military vehicle, according to Euronews.

The pair were held at an Israeli military base, where the video showed Wadi's father bound and blindfolded.

They were later taken to Palestinian police, who released them after questioning.

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In a later television interview, Wadi admitted to throwing a stone, but said he had been aiming at a dog.

B'Tselem accused the Israeli army of illegally detaining the child, saying the age of criminal responsibility in Israel and the West Bank is 12.

In a statement, the army said Wadi's stone-throwing had endangered passersby. 

"Soldiers intervened on the spot and accompanied the minor to his parents. From there he was passed on to the care of the Palestinian Security Forces, all the while accompanied by his parents. The child was not arrested and no charges were filed," the statement said.