Details of arresting the child Asad Al-Din Abulhawa from inside Al-Maqased hospital
March 22, 2018

Israeli occupation forces arrested 14-year-old Asad Al-Din Ibrahim Abulhawa from Al-Maqased Hospital in the village of Al-Tur, despite having severe burns in his back.

Wadi Hilweh Information Center’s lawyer, Khaldoun Nijem, said that the Israeli forces arrested the boy Asad Al-Din after storming Al-Maqased hospital and trying to kidnap him and prevent his treatment, under the pretext of "throwing a Molotov cocktail at the soldiers and trying to start a fire" during clashes in the village. The lawyer explained that the child suffered severe burns in his back indicating that he was hit by a Molotov cocktail and did not attempt to throw it as the soldiers claim.

Lawyer Nijem added that the Israeli occupation forces stormed the emergency room at Al-Maqased Hospital and detained the wounded boy in a special room to prevent his treatment. Upon the arrival of the lawyer Nijem, he confirmed the child’s right to receive necessary treatment, and blamed the soldiers for any health deterioration due to procrastination.

Lawyer Nijem said that the soldiers tried to arrest the boy Abulhawa and transfer him in a police car, despite his injury. After the refusal, the Israeli ambulance “Magen David Adom” was called to the hospital to transport him. When the lawyer asked the Israeli ambulance crew to sign a paper taking full responsibility of the child’s health, especially since his father refused to transfer him to any other hospital, the crew refused.

He added that after several hours, the Israeli occupation forces summoned the ambulance of the police. They took responsibility and took him to Hadassah Hospital, despite the family's refusal to do so.