RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Two Palestinian minors have accused Israeli forces of assaulting them while in custody, a lawyer from the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said on Sunday.
Ammar Tawfiq Abu Hilal, 15, and Jihad Elayyan, 16, who were both taken to the Ofer detention center in the occupied West Bank, told PPS that they were severely mistreated by Israeli soldiers.
Abu Hilal said that Israeli soldiers held him by his neck and tried to strangle him when they detained him from his home in the village of Dura in the Hebron district, adding that the soldiers deliberately escalated violence after he told them he was sick.
Abu Hilal suffers from pulmonary fibrosis and trachea inflammation, and needs injections twice a day.
Abu Hilal added that Israeli forces then took him to an Israeli watchtower and continued beating him to force him to confess that he had thrown rocks.
The teen was then left outdoors under the heat for two hours, and was not given food nor water for 12 hours.
Meanwhile, Elayyan told PPS that Israeli soldiers assaulted him during his detention on Oct. 31
, hitting him deliberately in the legs and causing fractures in his ankle and toes.
The teenager was then taken to Ofer, before being transferred to the Hadassah medical center for treatment.In July 2015
, legislation was passed in the Israeli Knesset allowing sentencing for up to 20 years for someone convicted of throwing stones at vehicles if intent to harm could be proven. However, the law allows the Israeli state to imprison someone for up to 10 years without proof of intent.
The vast majority of those detained for throwing stones at Israelis are Palestinian minors.
The Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs said in a September report that at least 1,000 Palestinian minors between the ages of 11 and 18 had been detained by Israel since January.
The committee reported in October that the “overwhelming majority”
of Palestinian minors held in Israel’s Megiddo and Ofer prisons have been tortured during their detention and interrogation.
According to prisoners’ rights groups Addameer, a total of 400 Palestinian minors were incarcerated in Israeli prisons as of October.