BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli authorities have indicted 11 Palestinian residents of Aida refugee camp, including eight minors, for allegedly throwing stones, pipe bombs, and Molotov cocktails, Israeli police said Tuesday.
Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said in a statement that the suspects were charged after police gathered “concrete evidence” that the Palestinians were involved in “attacks” that targeted Rachel’s Tomb, which is located just next to the refugee camp beyond Israel’s separation wall and next to a military base.
He said the 11 were arrested in recent months and had been interrogated by Israeli police, without providing further details regarding the suspects’ identities, the length of their sentences, or the dates of their detentions.
In addition to the 11 indictments, Rosenfeld said that “further arrests are expected as the police investigation into the attacks continue.”
In a statement issued in Arabic, Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said that the Palestinian youth committed the alleged attacks after leaving school, also without specifying when the alleged incidents occurred.
She claimed that the suspects learned how to make the explosive devices through watching “inciting videos on the internet encouraging terrorist attacks.”
Local sources could not immediately be reached to confirm the details of the cases. However, Israeli police said last month that a 13-year-old Palestinian boy in the camp was awaiting indictment
after he was detained for allegedly throwing stones at Rachel’s Tomb, and that seven other Palestinians were detained in Aida the same week on suspicion of throwing stones, Molotov cocktails, and improvised explosive devices .
Earlier in February, an Israeli military vehicle stormed Aida refugee camp in broad daylight, and violently detained 14-year-old Ali Jawarish
while he was walking home from school, with locals insisting that no clashes were taking place at the time.
Multiple witnesses said that no clashes were taking place and there was no rock throwing when the military vehicle suddenly careened through a narrow road in the refugee camp and stopped near a group of school children who were on their way home from school.
Locals confirmed to Ma’an on Tuesday that 27 days later, the boy was still being held in Israeli custody without having charges brought against him.
Meanwhile, right groups have widely documented the abuse of Palestinian children by Israeli forces and the harsh interrogation practices used to force their confessions, which has long been the target of criticism by the international community.
A recent article
published by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz has confirmed the extent to which Shin Bet interrogators subject their to torture.
Defense for Children International - Palestine has said their research showed that almost two-thirds of Palestinian children detained in the occupied West Bank by Israeli forces had endured physical violence after their arrest.