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Israeli soldiers allegedly assault Palestinian detainee


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Israeli soldiers in the Palestinian village of Aqraba, east of Nablus in the West Bank, on May 4, 2021.
JAAFAR ASHTIYEH / AFPIsraeli soldiers in the Palestinian village of Aqraba, east of Nablus in the West Bank, on May 4, 2021.

Soldiers expected to be charged with aggravated assault for beating blindfolded Palestinian in detention

Four soldiers - all from the Kfir Brigade's Netzah Yehuda Battalion - are expected to be charged with aggravated assault in a military court, according to Haaretz.

The group is being trialed for allegedly assaulting a Palestinian man while he was detained about two weeks ago at a West Bank army base.

The man was handcuffed and blindfolded during the purported event.

Initially, 10 soldiers were arrested by the Military Police's Criminal Investigation Division in connection with the incident. Six of them have since been released. ...

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After their arrest, the four remaining soldiers' detention was extended several times, and charges are expected to be filed against them in the Jaffa military court soon. 

According to the investigation, the suspected soldiers punched and slapped the Palestinian man, while another pressed his gun on the man's behind, Haaretz reported.

The detainee, whose identity or the reason for his detention remains unconfirmed, was then moved to a prison, where he underwent a medical exam. 

A doctor examining the man reported the case after noticing his bruises, prompting the investigation.

Israel’s army confirmed that the investigation was ongoing, and said the man did not require any treatment following medical exams at the detention center and hospital, according to Haaretz.

Names of the soldiers are barred from publication.

The case is noticeably similar to a 2019 incident in which Palestinian detainees were beaten by five Israeli soldiers of the same ultra-Orthodox battalion. The group was later indicted by Israel's military.

Three of the soldiers were convicted of aggravated assault and the officer in command was indicted for failing to stop the assault.