Israel abusing Gaza detainees: Palestinian govt
By Ola Attalah, Tuesday, August 12, 2014
GAZA CITY – Israeli forces severely abused a number of Palestinians detained during its weeks-long onslaught on the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs said in a Tuesday statement.
"Israeli authorities have detained 26 Gazans since the beginning of its offensive [in early July]," the ministry said.
The ministry added that two Palestinian prisoners had been "severely beaten and abused" by Israeli forces upon their arrest in the town of Khuza'a in the southern Gaza Strip, which had been the target of a series of Israeli strikes late last month.
The two Palestinians – Moemen al-Naggar and Eissa al-Naggar – told their Palestinian lawyer that Israeli forces, following a spate of devastating airstrikes, had stormed several homes in Khuza'a with "rabid dogs" and whisked them off to an unknown location on July 23.
The two detainees also asserted that they had not been allowed to contact their families during their continued detention.
At least 1943 Palestinians have been killed – and nearly 10,000 injured, many critically – by devastating Israeli attacks on the blockaded coastal territory since July 7.
Thousands of homes in Gaza have also been destroyed over the same period.
At least 64 Israeli soldiers, meanwhile, have been killed in battles with Palestinian fighters in the Gaza Strip, while three Israeli civilians have been killed by Palestinian rocket fire, according to official Israeli figures.
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