13-year old Ahmad Manasra sent to detention from hospital

A 13-YEAR old boy at the centre of a diplomatic row after he was thought executed by the IOF has reportedly been relocated from an Israeli hospital to what the Israeli press has called a “detention facility”.

Ahmad Manasra and his cousin Hassan Manasra, 15, allegedly carried out a stabbing attack on a 13-year old Israeli boy and a 24 year old man in the illegal settlement of Pisgat Zeev in Jerusalem a week ago.

The Israeli boy, who had been on his bicycle on the way back from a sweet shop, remains seriously injured in hospital.

Later the same day, a video emerged of Ahmad lying helplessly on the ground with a gunshot wound to his head and broken legs, while adults screamed obscenities at him.


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In the distressing footage, voices in Hebrew and Arabic can be heard shouting: “Son of a whore!” and “Die, you fucker, shoot him in the head!”.

Israeli police claimed Ahmad was hit by a car after trying to run away.

The boy was photographed and filmed handcuffed to his hospital bed at the Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem at the end of last week, after days of national news reports claiming he was dead.

It is not yet known where he is being detained, or whether he will have access to a lawyer.

It was reported three days ago that state prosecutors were weighing up whether to request the boy, from  east Jerusalem, be kept captive until he was 14, which would allow him to be tried as an adult.

A major diplomatic row erupted after Mahmoud Abbas said in a speech on Wednesday night that the boy had been killed.

Israel’s government responded by releasing photos, a video and a statement about the boy. Mr Abbas later said he had been misled by an aide.

Israel’s handling of the case has drawn sharp criticism. Last week,  The Israeli Physicians for Humans Rights organization issued a statement that read:  “The fact that it is a photo of a minor in custody – who was photographed without his parents’ permission – is a violation of juvenile law and privacy laws”.

They added that the hospital violated medical ethics by giving permission to photograph and release footage of a patient.


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