Qais abu Rmaileh, 8, was found dead in a rainwater lake several hours after he was seen kidnapped by Israeli Jewish settlers in Beit Hanina neighbourhood of occupied Jerusalem.
The eight-year-old Palestinian boy went missing in occupied Jerusalem on Friday afternoon. After long hours of search, interrupted by the Israeli occupation forces and settlers several times, was found dead at the bottom of a cistern filled with rainwater on Saturday.
Despite reports that CCTV cameras showed the settlers kidnapping him, the Israeli occupation police insisted that he fell in the lake by his own.
Abu Remaileh’s family initially feared that the boy could have faced Mohammed abu Khdair’s fate.
Abu Khdair, a Palestinian boy from Jerusalem, was kidnapped, tortured and burnt to death by a group of Israeli settlers in 2014.
The family of the boy is now asking for the CCTV footage of the kidnapping be be released.
Israeli occupation police insist he was not kidnapped, but his family and relatives insist he was, citing a report published by the Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post which stated that the boy “was last seen entering a car.”
“If it turns out he was kidnapped by settlers, it would set the entire neighbourhood on fire,” the boy’s parents said.
The Governor of Jerusalem Adnan Ghaith held the Israeli occupation full responsibility for the boy’s death, stressing that the occupation authorities should have sealed off the rainwater lake for the safety of the children.
While Knesset’s MP Ahmad Tibi, from the Arab Movement for Change party, told Israel’s Ynet news website that “things are worrisome” and he hopes “that all doubts will be proven false.”
However, the accusations of Israeli settlers being involved in the boy’s disappearance and death are not unfounded, as in the past the illegal occupiers have killed and injured Palestinians, including children.
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