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Israelis 'illegally' arresting Palestinian children

An Israeli human rights group last night revealed police had arrested and illegally interrogated Palestinian children as young as five over stone-throwing incidents.

B'Tselem said Israeli police arrested at least 81 youngsters between November 2009 and October 2010 on suspicion of throwing stones at Israelis in the flashpoint Silwan neighbourhood near Jerusalem's Old City.

The report said some were taken from their homes at night and interrogated, sometimes without a parent present. Police said the arrests were legal and aimed at stamping out stone throwing.

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