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Wednesday, January 15

Israeli soldier threatened to kill Hebron schoolgirl
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 An Israeli soldier threatened to kill a Palestinian girl in Hebron on Wednesday.

Asil Jabir, a pupil at Taysir Maraqa preparatory school, was heading to school with some of her friends when a female Israeli soldier stationed at a checkpoint near the Ibrahimi Mosque forced the group to go back.

The girls were forced to take a bypass route to reach the school, which Asil said Israeli forces usually allow them to use.

Hours later, the schoolgirls returned via the same checkpoint.

"Nobody opposed us, but all of a sudden, the same female soldier, who was hiding, surprised me from the back and grabbed my neck tightly," Asil said.

"She then cuffed my hands and took me to a nearby military post. She tried to bring me into a cabin by force, but I opposed while she was kicking my feet and knocking my chest with her rifle. She threatened to kill me, and whenever somebody came close she asked me to tell them to go away or otherwise she will kill me."

Asil was released after about an hour. The Israeli soldier told her that she would kill her the next time she saw her, Asil said.

In March, Israeli military forces arrested some 30 students who were on their way to school in the southern area of Hebron.

Israeli rights group B'Tselem on Wednesday said Israel's mass arrest of children in Hebron was "unacceptable," and released a video of the detentions.

"This type of mass arrest of a group of minors, not on the basis of individual suspicions is unacceptable, even if the minors are formally over the age of criminal responsibility," B'Tselem said in a statement.

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