Human rights groups have slammed the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) after a video made public on the Internet showing Israeli soldiers detaining a 5-year-old Palestinian boy for throwing stones at them.

Israeli rights group B’Tselem spokeswoman Sarit Michaeli said Friday that the detention of the 5-year-old was illegal.

The video shows soldiers taking the boy away in a jeep. Later he is seen with his blindfolded father. A military official told press that father and the boy were held for several hours because Palestinian police arrived late to take them. He said the father was blindfolded because they were in a military base.

Furthermore, Michael Mann, the spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, confirmed the release of the young boy and said: “We are concerned about the circumstances which led to this incident. IDF authorities are looking into the incident.”

source: Todayszaman