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  • Younger brothers to Ahem Tamimi, Mohammed Bassem Tamimi, was arrested in the West Bank by Israeli soldiers

    Younger brothers to Ahem Tamimi, Mohammed Bassem Tamimi, was arrested in the West Bank by Israeli soldiers | Photo: Reuters

Published 8 April 2019
Opinion

Israeli troops stormed Tamimi's house in the West Bank early Monday morning, arrested her younger brother Mohammed, likely for throwing rocks during previous protest.

The younger brother of Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi was arrested Monday at the family's West Bank home, according to his family.

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Several Israeli soldiers broke into the family home early Monday morning and arrested 15-year-old Mohammed, said his father, Bassem Tamimi to the Associated Press. 

The young activist broke his arm over the weekend as he fled tear gas flares launched by Israeli security forces during protests in his village of Nabi Salih, said the father, who suspected his son was taken in for throwing stones at Israeli soldiers.

The Israeli Defense Forces (DF) said the military arrested 21 Palestinians during the night for participating in 'riots' without giving further details, according to the AP.

Mohammed Bassem Tamimi was arrested in the West Bank by Israeli soldiers

Tamimi herself was held in an Israeli prison for eight months for slapping two Israeli soldiers, making her a symbol of young Palestinian opposition to the Israeli military occupation that has taken over the West Bank and other parts of Palestine since the 1967 Six Day War that forced some 600,000 Palestians from their rightful territories.

In a video taken of Mohammed's detention, Tamimi can be heard exclaiming: "Stop, I will beat you".

Several members of Tamimi's family, including her mother, have been arrested by Israeli authorities in their fight to recuperate their land being taken over by Jewish settlements.

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