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Israeli police reportedly assault Palestinians during traffic stop

Dec. 15, 2016 3:28 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 15, 2016 4:47 P.M.)
(File)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces reportedly assaulted and detained four Jerusalemite Palestinians on Wednesday morning as they were headed to work, the Palestinians told Ma’an.

The four Palestinians -- Mahmoud and Muhammad al-Masri from the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amoud, and Bahaa and Alaa Amro from the neighborhood of Silwan -- were heading to work in Tel Aviv on Wednesday

Mahmoud al Masri told Ma’an that an Israeli border police patrol forced the four to stop their vehicle before letting them go.

A while later however, al-Masri added, a civilian vehicle started following them, and its passengers, who said they were Israeli intelligence officers, forced them to stop and exit their car.

Al-Masri said that the Israeli officers started cursing at them, leading to a verbal altercation during which the officers pepper sprayed the Palestinians. He added that the Palestinian men tried to film the incident, but that the Israeli officers seized their phones.

Al-Masri did not indicate what reasons the border police officers gave for stopping the Palestinians.

Al-Masri said that the four Palestinians were taken to the Israeli police station in Beit Shemesh for interrogation, adding that they went to receive medical care at the Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem upon being released.
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