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Israeli youths 'assault Palestinian' in Jerusalem

May 20, 2014 10:29 P.M. (Updated: May 22, 2014 9:59 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A young Palestinian man says he was beaten and arrested by a group of Israeli police officers on Monday evening.

Sam al-Araj, 18, said he was attacked at 10 p.m. Monday after leaving the light rail at the Damascus Gate station near Jerusalem's Old City.

Al-Araj explained that he was with a friend in the rail when a group of young Israelis started making provocative gestures at them.

When they left the train, there were around 35 Israelis aged 20-25, and mostly Russian-born Israelis surrounded them. When they tried to flee the scene, the Israelis followed them, he said.

“My friend managed to escape from the area, and I was assaulted and beaten with rifle butts,” he added.

A number of them showed police IDs after the attack, and al-Araj was arrested, handcuffed, and taken to Saladdin police station where he was beaten and assaulted, he said.

Al-Araj added that he was released on bail at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

An Israeli police spokesman did not immediately return calls late Monday.

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