Palestine Children Arrested by Israel are Beaten,Tortured

Israel arrested around 6,000 Palestinian children over five years

Ramallah, Aug 7 (Prensa Latina) Several testimonies from Palestinian children have revealed they were subjected to systematic beatings and torture during and after their arrest by Israeli forces, the Committee on Prisoners” Affairs denounced here today.

Hiba Ighbarieh, the lawyer for the organization, documented the experiences of three minors detained in Majido prison, about what they had suffered during and after their detention.

Munir Dari, 16, a resident of the Issawiyyeh neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, told her that after his arrest, he was randomly beaten by Israeli security forces throughout his body.

Once in prison, the adolescent was also beaten and cursed to confess on the charges against him.

Fahd Qeisieh, 17, also from the Issawiyeh neighbourhood, was beaten up after being caught in clashes between the Palestinian community and Israeli forces in his vicinity.

The young man revealed that a policeman approached him and dragged him to a police car, where another officer stood on his back while two others beat him violently and forced him to remain on the ground.

The beatings continued in Majido prison, where he was beaten with a stick in his hands, legs, face and back while forced to his knees to confess to the charges against him.

Firas Masri, 17, was also severely attacked by several soldiers when he was arrested at an army checkpoint near the northern West Bank town of Qalqilya.

The child reported he was thrown to the ground covered in gravel, hit on his head and back, then bandaged and handcuffed, and finally dragged across the ground for a long distance before being thrown into a military jeep and taken to a police station in the Ariel settlement.

Another lawyer from the Prisoners’ Affairs Commission, Hussein al-Sheikh, reported two other children, Mohammad Hadieh, 16, and Fawzi Masalmeh, 18, both from Bethlehem district, filed affidavits of beatings during their arrest.

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