Israeli forces detain 14-year-old boy at checkpoint

12:00 Sep 11 2011 Beit Jala

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli soldiers detained a 14-year-old child at Beit Jala checkpoint, near Bethlehem on Sunday, the boy's family told Ma'an.

Mahmoud Marzouq Zawahreh said that his son, Mazin, was accused by Israeli forces of trying to stab a soldier. Zawahreh denied the claims, saying that his son was not capable of the accused crime.

He said that witnesses saw soldiers beating Mazin before taking him in a military jeep to Etzion prison in Jerusalem.

The family said they are worried about Mazin's health and have called on human rights organizations to intervene.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said she would look into the incident.
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