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Palestinian teens report beatings in Israeli custody

April 5, 2016 7:02 P.M. (Updated: April 5, 2016 11:44 P.M.)
(AFP/Jack Guez, File)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- A number of Palestinian teenage prisoners have been violently beaten in Israeli detention in recent days, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society and family members said Tuesday.

Louay Habis al-Imour, 18, and Malek Jameel Froukh, 15, both from the village of Tuqu, were detained Monday and violently beaten in Israel's Etzion detention center, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society said in a statement.

Al-Imour told the society's lawyer Jaclyn Fararjah that he was beaten despite having been shot in the leg by a bullet prior to his detention and being in need of medical treatment.

The prisoners' society reported that Froukh, meanwhile, was tied up, blindfolded, and beaten on the head by Israeli guards at the Etzion detention center, who also put out cigarettes on his body.

Separately, the family of Muhammad Jihad al-Taweel,17, said they found their son covered in bruises and with broken teeth when they visited him at the Megiddo prison on Monday.

They said the teenager had been beaten by Israeli guards and soldiers while he was held in solitary confinement. They said he was denied medical treatment.

Al-Taweel reportedly told his family that he and fellow prisoners Muhammad Salah Muhammad Abu Kiff, Walid Fares Mustafa al-Atrash, and Abed Mahmoud Abed Rabbo Dawiyat, were assaulted and dragged by guards while handcuffed.

The four Palestinian teenagers are accused of causing an Israeli driver's death by throwing stones at his car in early September.

Their families have all received notices of closure and confiscation of their homes, with Dawiyat’s family evacuated from their house on Sunday night.

At least 406 Palestinian minors were detained by Israel as of February, prisoners’ rights group Addameer reported.

According to research conducted by Defense for Children International-Palestine, some 56 percent of Palestinian children report having experienced "coercive" interrogation techniques during their time in Israeli custody.

Some 42 percent say they signed documents in Hebrew, despite the fact that most Palestinian children do not speak or understand the language.

Additionally, 22 percent of detained children say they underwent up to 24 hours of solitary confinement, in violation of international standards.
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