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Israeli soldiers 'assault, injure' 3 Palestinians in West Bank

May 31, 2014 11:52 A.M. (Updated: June 1, 2014 10:58 A.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Three Palestinians were injured after being beaten by Israeli forces in the West Bank late Friday and early Saturday, witnesses said.

Israeli forces in the Old City of Hebron late Friday detained two Palestinians after badly beating them in the street, a witness told Ma'an.

Imad Abu Shamsiyeh, a volunteer for the Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem, said that Israeli forces beat 22-year-old Muhammad al-Jamal and 20-year-old Diab al-Kurdi before taking them into custody.

A Palestinian ambulance arrived at the scene to take the two men to the hospital, but soldiers would not allow medics to take them, Abu Shamsiyeh said.

He said one of the men, who passed out after being beaten, was taken away in an Israeli military ambulance.

Soldiers tried to prevent Abu Shamsiyeh and other activists from documenting the attack, he added.

Meanwhile, in the village of al-Mughayyir near Ramallah, Israeli soldiers raided a Palestinian home and beat a man and his wife, injuring the man.

Osama Abu Alia told Ma'an that Israeli soldiers overnight ransacked his home and accused him of "shooting an Israeli vehicle" the day before.

The soldiers pushed 45-year-old Abu Alia off the stairs, causing him to break his hand, he said.

He later filed a complaint at an Israeli police station.

An Israeli army spokeswoman did not return calls seeking comment.

The army said on Friday afternoon that a car belonging to an Israeli settler was hit by "small arms fire" while traveling in the central West Bank.

B'Tselem says that "according to many testimonies given to B'Tselem and other human rights organizations, (Israeli) security forces use violence, at times gross violence, against Palestinians unnecessarily and without justification."

"The acts described in testimonies given to B'Tselem and to other human rights organizations deviate greatly from what the law allows, and they constitute flagrant violations of human rights."
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