Palestinians being held in Etzion prison were subjected to assaults, while Israeli soldiers reportedly used electric shock on a 16-year-old Palestinian prisoner, according to a statement released Thursday by the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).
Jacqueline Fararrja, a lawyer from PPS, said in the statement that 16-year-old Ahmad Yusry Maswada from Hebron, was reportedly assaulted by Israeli soldiers with a rifle, before they used electric shocks on him. He was also blindfolded and taken away by a military vehicle.
Farraja added that Maswada is still suffering from pains in one of his hands due to the assault. PPS identified five other Palestinians who were also assaulted by Israeli soliders.
— Ma'an News Agency (@MaanNewsAgency) August 19, 2016
Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCIP) released a report last month describing the extensively documented and criticized abuse of Palestinians children by Israeli forces and the harsh interrogation practices used to force their confessions.
According to affidavits taken by DCIP regarding recent arrests and sentencing of Palestinian minors for rock throwing, two of the teenagers “both had maintained their innocence and confessed only after they had experienced physical and psychological abuse.”
The youth described being kicked and punched while handcuffed, choked, and having a door slammed in their face.
— Michele (@MicheleInL_A) August 4, 2016
Interrogations of Palestinian children can last up to 90 days according to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, during which in addition to being beaten and threatened, cases of sexual assault and placement in solitary confinement to elicit confessions are also often reported,
According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 350 minors were being held in Israeli prisons.