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Israeli soldiers detained over alleged revenge beatings of Palestinian detainees

FILE--Israeli soldiers guard two blindfolded Palestinian detainees who were caught unarmed trying to climb the fence from Gaza, at a base on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip, in southern Israel, Monday, Dec. 22, 2008.
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The arrested soldiers belonged to the same battalion as the two soldiers killed in a December terror attack

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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