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Five PLC members injured in Israeli custody

Aug. 1, 2008 10:49 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 1, 2008 10:49 A.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - Israeli authorities deliberately injured five detained members of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) causing two to be hospitalized, Dr Ahmad Shweidih, Minister of Detainee's Affairs for the de facto government in Gaza, said on Friday.

The minister said that the deputies had deliberately been injured to provoke and humiliate them while being transported in a prison truck.

Dr Shweidih claimed that this is not a one-off incident, but a regular occurrence, particularly when imprisoned PLC deputies are concerned, because they are seen as symbols and representatives of the Palestinian resistance. He added that the injuries were sustained when the truck driver who was transporting the deputies to court intentionally braked hard several times so that the deputies, who were hand-cuffed, would be flung from their seats in the back of the vehicle.

Deputy Mohammed Abu Teir and Deputy Nayef Rajoub, both from the Hamas affiliated Change and Reform bloc, sustained injuries to their heads after they were struck against the truck's metal walls, resulting in severe bleeding and were transferred to Ramle prison hospital, the minister claimed.

Dr Shweidih added that these deputies are tortured and harassed on a daily basis in prison and are intentionally transferred from department to department in order to tease and provoke them. Moreover, he said, they are deprived of family visits and proper medical treatment.
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