Israeli group hits detention of Palestinian boy

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By IAN DEITCH, Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli human rights group says the military should find another way to deal with young Palestinian stone throwers after video showed soldiers detaining a 5-year-old in the West Bank city of Hebron.

B'Tselem spokeswoman Sarit Michaeli said Friday that the detention was illegal.

The video shows soldiers taking the boy away in a jeep. Later he is seen with his blindfolded father.

A military official said they were held for several hours because Palestinian police arrived late to take them. He said the father was blindfolded because they were in a military base. He was speaking anonymously as he wasn't allowed to speak with media.

The Israeli military said the boy was detained after throwing stones at a main road, endangering passersby.

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