BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli rights group B'Tselem on Thursday released video footage in which a Palestinian is brutally assaulted before being wrongfully detained near al-Bireh earlier this month.
Ansar Aasi, 25, was working in the storeroom of a cleaning products company during clashes in the area on Oct. 6 when at least three Israeli soldiers spotted him and began violently kicking him and beating him with their rifles, before he was detained.
Aasi was taken to Hadassh hospital for medical treatment a day later for injuries sustained in the attack.
He was then held in detention for two days before being interrogated on accusations of stone-throwing, having been identified by three Israeli soldiers, according to police interrogators.
Aasi denied the charges, and was only freed after Israeli police finally viewed the CCTV footage taken from the storeroom where he worked, which proved his alibi.
He was released on Oct. 11 after five days in detention.
B'Tselem said it does not know whether the Israeli soldiers who beat Aasi and made up false charges have been held accountable.
Israeli forces have detained at least 876 Palestinians during the month of October, prisoner rights group Addameer told Ma'an on Thursday.
Addameer said the 876 new detainees has brought the total number of Palestinians imprisoned by Israel to around 6,200 people.
Over 500 Palestinians were detained in the occupied West bank, 213 in East Jerusalem, and 152 in Israel. Over 130 of the detainees were children, Addameer said.