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Month after detention, Palestinian youth suffers from injuries sustained during Israeli raid

Dec. 16, 2016 11:35 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 16, 2016 5:31 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said in a statement Thursday that an 18-year-old imprisoned Palestinian from the al-Duheisha refugee camp in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem was assaulted by Israeli forces during his detention in November, causing serious injuries that the youth has continued to suffer from.

Muhammad Yasser Rizq al-Malhi was assaulted by Israeli forces during an Israeli military detention campaign in the refugee camp on November 2, causing him fractures in his chest, according to PPS.

The group noted that al-Malhi was already severely injured at the time of his detention, after Israeli forces had shot him with five live bullets several months ago.

PPS added that al-Malhi was currently being held in Israel’s Ofer prison and has suffered from severe pains in his chest, which doctors have said could last for another five months.

An Israeli army spokesperson said they were looking into reports.

Israeli forces have come under repeated criticism for excessive use of force, as detention raids often turn violent as scores of Palestinians have been injured during routine military campaigns, while others have been killed by Israeli forces.

In August, a report released by Palestinian NGO Badil documented the Israeli army’s targeting of Palestinian youth with live fire in al-Duheisha, specifically shooting youth in the kneecaps and legs.

The investigation was launched after reports emerged of an Israeli army commander responsible for Bethlehem’s three refugee camps making repeated threats to make “all youth in the camp disabled.”

The NGO has said that the threats "reinforce the claim made by BADIL that these threats and actions are not accidental or isolated incidents, but rather result from a systematic Israeli military policy aimed at suppressing resistance, terrorizing Palestinian youth, and causing permanent injuries and damage to their physical and mental well-being."

"These willful and grave breaches of international law trigger the obligations of third party states and other mandated agencies to put an end to this climate of impunity under which Israeli forces and its officials operate," the group added.

According to prisoners' rights group Addameer, some 7,000 Palestinians were imprisoned by Israel as of October, the majority of whom were detained during the near-daily overnight raids conducted by the Israeli army in the occupied Palestinian territory.
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