Footage shows Israeli soldier aggressively handling boy

Story highlights

  • Altercation took place during a protest Friday organized by Palestinian activists against settlement in the West Bank
  • Army says a commander at the scene halted the arrest to avoid escalation of events

Jerusalem (CNN)Images of an armed Israeli soldier trying to arrest an 11-year-old Palestinian boy with a broken arm in the West Bank went viral on social media over the weekend.

The images show the soldier putting a headlock on the child while women pull on the soldier's back, trying to free the boy.
The altercation took place during a weekly protest Friday organized by Palestinian activists against settlement construction in the village of Nabi Saleh in the West Bank.
    The footage was shot by the boy's father, Bassem Tamimi, he told CNN.
    The family routinely films its demonstrations, he said, and posts them on a site called Nabi Saleh Solidarity.
    The video -- a clip edited from longer footage -- had nearly 3 million views by Sunday.