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3 Palestinian teenagers assaulted by Israeli soldiers at time of their detentions

Dec. 22, 2016 11:40 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 22, 2016 11:40 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Three Palestinian teenagers currently held at Israel’s Etzion detention center were allegedly beaten during their initial detentions from their homes, according to a statement released on Thursday by the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS). 

PPS said that Israeli soldiers had assaulted Yazan Nabih Deiriyeh, 16, Muhammad Ayman Taqatqa, 16, and Ibrahim Jibril Taqatqa, 16. 

The soldiers allegedly beat the teenagers all over their bodies and heads while detaining them from their homes. 

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an she would look into reports on the allegations. 

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, 400 Palestinian minors were detained by Israel as of October, many of whom the group said were beaten, threatened, sexually assaulted, and placed in solitary confinement during their interrogation and detention.

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, a number of whom reported being abused and tortured while in detention.

In August, the committee announced that Israeli forces had detained 560 children from occupied East Jerusalem since the beginning of 2016.

According to the committee, Israeli forces imprisoned 30 teenage Palestinians over the month of August, some as young as 13, and collected 65,000 shekels ($17,270) from their families as fines, with the majority of the detainees saying they were beaten and tortured during their detention, interrogation, and transported from one detention center to another.
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