Israeli soldiers detained three children on Friday for wearing veils in a military-controlled area of the West Bank, after they threw them in the water, local media reported.
The soldiers found the children in the waters of a canal and confiscated their veils, according to local news channel WAFA.
The soldiers said they found the three children wearing a skirt in the area near a field, and asked the children to get their veil-wearing shoes washed and washed again, WAFA reported.
When the children refused, the soldiers began to beat them and take them to a military outpost, where the soldiers beat and arrested them, the station reported.
One of the children, a girl, said she was forced to give the soldiers a handjob because of the way she was dressed.
Another boy, aged 10, was taken to a nearby hospital with what the police said were burns to his arms.
The boy’s parents are from Gaza, according a statement by the IDF Spokesperson’s Office.
According to WAFA, the Israeli army has been criticized in the past for arresting Palestinians who refuse to cover their faces.