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Israeli forces arrest four children in East Jerusalem

Israeli forces yesterday arrested four Palestinian children from occupied East Jerusalem as they returned from their schools claiming they threw stones at an Israeli bus.

An eyewitness said the Israeli soldiers arrested the four children outside Damascus Gate in downtown Jerusalem.

Passers-by gathered around the soldiers in an attempt to thwart the arrest, but the soldiers called an undercover special unit to disperse the masses then took the children to a police station in Jerusalem, the eyewitness added.

Video posted on social networking site Facebook showed the arrest of the four children who carried their school bags on their way back from school. The children appeared in the video crying and screaming as the Israeli soldiers arrested them.

Israeli police claimed in a statement that the children threw stones at an Israeli public bus in the Damascus Gate area and that they were taken to an Israeli police station in Salah Al-Din Street in the city.

According to the statement, the children range between 10-11 years old and live in Al-Tur neighbourhood in East Jerusalem.

Israeli forces yesterday also fired sound bombs at school children in Silwan, Al-Tur, Al-Issawiya and the Jabal Al-Mukabbir.

The Israeli Knesset recently passed a bill to allow Palestinian stone-throwers to be sentenced to 20 years imprisonment, while a group of Palestinian teenagers are facing 25 years imprisonment for 25 counts of “attempted murder” – one for each stone they allegedly threw.

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