Israel extends remand of Palestinian teens detained for Molotov cocktail possession

Teenagers Jabal al-Mukabbir

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police on Tuesday extended the remand of two teenage Palestinians from the Jabal al-Mukabbir neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem until Thursday, according to Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri.Al-Samri said in a statement that police were “almost done with their investigation” of the two 17-year-olds, who she said were suspected of preparing nine Molotov cocktails “which they seemingly planned to use on the road near an Israeli police station in the Armon Hanetziv (settlement) next to Jabal al-Mukabbir.”The two “suspects,” whose identities remained unknown, have recently been indicted, the statement added.According to al-Samri, the teenage boys were detained last week after Israeli police and border officers spotted them walking near a complex of schools in Jabal al-Mukabbir carrying a bag which “seemed heavy.”

As the two approached the Israeli police station, police officers stopped them and inspected the bag they were carrying, and allegedly found two Molotov Cocktails “ready for use”, a two-liter plastic can full of fuel, a shirt, plaster, and a knife.
Police said that the name of Bahaa Elayyan — a 22-year-old resident of Jabal al-Mukabbir who was killed alongside another Palestinian after they attacked an Israeli bus in October 2015, killing three Israelis with knives and a gun — was written on the bag.
Approximately 6,300 Palestinians are currently held in Israeli prisons, including some 300 minors, and 500 Palestinians who have not been charged or tried, according to Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer.
(Source / 30.05.2017)

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