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Settlers kidnap and torture Palestinian children

Israeli settlers from the Ma'on settlement build on occupied land south of the West Bank city of Hebron kidnapped and tortured a Palestinian child on Saturday. Six year-old Musab Rubei' was taken from the village of Tiwani, the Palestinian News & Info Agency, WAFA, has reported.

The coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements in Hebron, Ratin Al-Jbour, told WAFA that several settlers kidnapped the boy and detained him for several hours before releasing him in a woody area near the settlement. He was, understandably, in a severe state of shock.

Jbour said that the child, who was unable to speak and suffered a psychological trauma, has been sent to Abu al-Hasan al-Qasim hospital in Yatta for treatment.

Meanwhile, settlers from Ramat Yeshai settlement, also built on stolen Palestinian lands in Tal Romeida in Hebron, assaulted Awni Imad Abu Shamseye, 14, before holding him in the settlement for more than an hour under the protection of Israel soldiers. Local sources said that the settlers also assaulted the child's father as he was trying to protect his son.

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