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Palestinian woman 'humiliated, assaulted' at Israeli checkpoint

March 17, 2014 4:49 P.M. (Updated: March 17, 2014 10:01 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian woman said she was "humiliated and assaulted by an Israeli soldier" while on her way to visit her son in prison, a statement said Monday.

The mother of prisoner Ahmad Abd al-Fattah said she was stopped at the Taybeh checkpoint near Ramallah and taken to a small room for a strip search, according to a statement from the Palestinian Prisoners' Society.

"A female soldier ordered her to take off her clothes completely, but she refused," the statement said.

"The soldier insisted, and after the woman took off her clothes, the soldier hit her with the metal detector causing bruises."

Afterwards, the woman complained to a representative of the International Committee of the Red Cross, who informed an Israeli border crossing official.

As of February 2014 there were 99 fixed checkpoints in the West Bank, and 59 of them were "internal checkpoints," deep within the West Bank, according to the Israeli rights group B'Tselem.

"According to many testimonies given to B'Tselem and other human rights organizations, the security forces use violence, at times gross violence, against Palestinians unnecessarily and without justification," a B'Tselem report said in late 2012.
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