Israeli soldiers detained over alleged revenge beatings of Palestinian detainees
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Five Israeli soldiers, including a platoon commander and four combat soldiers, were arrested Wednesday on suspicions of beating two Palestinian detainees.
The detainees, which include the platoon commander and four combat soldiers, belong to the same battalion as the two soldiers who were killed in the Givat Assaf shooting attack in December.
Military police are investigating whether the incident was motivated by revenge.
One of the detainees was reportedly beaten so badly that he was unable to be interrogated and required medical care, Haaretz reported.
On Thursday, the Israel Defense Forces's military court extended the detention of the platoon commander and the other combat soldiers at the request of the military prosecutor.
In September, a Palestinian man was killed after being beaten by Israeli soldiers, according to testimonies from the scene.
In November, a military court charged an Israeli soldier from the Home Front Command's rescue unit with assaulting a blindfolded and handcuffed Palestinian detainee.
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