Israeli Soldiers Assault Palestinian Detainees

Four Palestinians arrested this week for Facebook posts have spoken of physical assaults they endured during their detention and interrogation, Ma’an news agency reported. The testimonies were collected by the Palestinian Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs and relate to four Palestinian youths, including at least two teenagers detained yesterday evening.

Hussein Al-Sheikh, a lawyer with the committee, said 19-year-old Sameh Abu Sel was “seriously assaulted” when Israeli forces stormed his home in Al-Arrub refugee camp north of Hebron yesterday.

The youth was tied up and left outdoors in the cold weather for more than 10 hours, Al-Sheikh said, noting that the mistreatment left him sick.

Meanwhile, the lawyer said that 18-year-old Ahmad Raed Jadallah, from Beit Ur At-Tahta in Ramallah district, was physically assaulted by Israeli forces during the four-hour drive to the Etzion detention centre after he too was detained yesterday.

Muhammad Mahmoud Othman and Muhammad Samer Othman also said they were physically assaulted in the Etzion detention centre.

All four detainees were charged with “inciting violence” against Israel in Facebook posts, Al-Sheikh said.


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