Interrogation of Palestinian detainees amounts to torture: Israeli report

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The report collected the witness accounts of 116 Palestinians detained at an interrogation centre in 2013 and 2014

Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian man on 15 February 2016 at the Amari Palestinian refugee camp, near the West Bank city of Ramallah

Palestinians held in a detention facility run by Israel’s Shin Bet intelligence agency are subject to mistreatment amounting to torture, a report based on testimonies of more than 100 ex-prisoners has concluded.

The joint report by two Israeli human rights group B’Tselem and HaMoked has documented affidavits and testimonies of dozens of Palestinians interrogated by the Israeli security agency.

The report “Backed by the System: Abuse and Torture at the Shikma Interrogation Facility”, released on Wednesday, said that the mistreatment suffered by Palestinians at Shikma detention centre amounted to torture.

Testimonies were collected from 116 Palestinians detained at Shikma, which is located in Ashkelon, southern Israel from August 2013…

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