A Palestinian boy has been arrested in a Palestinian town after police said he made offensive remarks about the father of a policeman, the Israeli army said.
The Israeli army identified the boy as Ahmad H.A., but the Israeli media said the boy’s name was not revealed because of a gag order.
The incident happened Sunday afternoon in the village of Nabi Saleh, near the West Bank city of Hebron, where the boy and his parents are residents, local police spokeswoman Majdi al-Salem told the Ma’an news agency.
According to al-Salem, police had been called to the village for a complaint about a number of threats made by the boy to his father, who is an Israeli soldier.
He said the father was summoned to the police station after a neighbor called to report that the boy was making threats against the soldier.
The neighbor, who did not want to be identified, told Ma’andot newspaper that the child said he was trying to get the soldier to stop making threats, according to the Jerusalem Post.
The soldier, who was also not identified, denied the accusation, according with the paper.
Al-Salam said the police took the boy into custody and the complaint was forwarded to the Israeli police.
She said the child is now in police custody.
According in Israeli media, police have launched an investigation into the incident.
The boy’s father is a member of the army and is not a member, according the Jerusalem Times.
According the Ma’tan newspaper, the boy is currently in the custody of the police and the family is awaiting the results of the investigation.