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PA: Israel's torture of Palestinian prisoner 'unfathomable'

Dec. 7, 2015 9:38 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 19, 2016 10:09 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority's department of prisoners' affairs on Monday alleged that Israeli forces tortured a Palestinian prisoner charged with attempting to stab an Israeli soldier.

Legal affairs director Louay Akka said Palestinian prisoner Wasim Marouf was covered with 28 cigarette burns on his hands, chest and back.

Akka became aware of Marouf's injuries while visiting Ofer prison where the man is being held.

Akka condemned Marouf's treatment, calling his injuries "unfathomable," and those responsible "criminal."

"I don't know the nature of the directives or training [the Israeli guards] must have received to become this brutal," Akka said.

Marouf also suffers from epilepsy, mental illness, and gangrene on the right side of his body. Recently, Marouf underwent surgery to have a diseased kidney removed.

Prisoners' rights group Addameer has long reported that treatment of Palestinian detainees by Israeli forces tantamount to torture is "widespread and systematic."

According to the Council for European Palestinian Relations (CEPR), poor conditions in Israeli prisons have led to the deterioration of health for a large number of Palestinian prisoners.

More than 6,700 Palestinian prisoners are currently held in Israeli jails, according to prisoners' rights group Addameer.

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