AL-KHALIL, (PIC)-- The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) kidnapped on Wednesday three Palestinian children under age 15 at a checkpoint in Al-Khalil city.
Activist from youth against settlement Mohamed Zaghir reported that Israeli troops at a military checkpoint leading to Shuhada street in Al-Khalil kidnapped three school children.
The children are Omar Abu Abu Eisheh, 14, Hamdan Sha'abneh, 13, and Shadi Muhtasib, 14, according to the activist who also affirmed that the IOF physically assaulted them before taking them to an unknown destination.
He noted that the IOF stepped up unprecedentedly the kidnapping of school children in Shuhada area and lately 17 children from Kortuba school were taken prisoners.
The incident of kidnapping these three kids happened as the IOF intensified their presence yesterday throughout Al-Khalil city, especially the southern villages and towns of the city.
The IOF reportedly set up roadblocks and embarked on searching vehicles and checking IDs of Palestinian citizens for many hours.IOF kidnap three school children in Al-Khalil yesterday