An Israeli human rights group has released a video showing several Israelis brutally beating a Palestinian man.
The security camera footage released by B'Tselem on Thursday shows the Palestinian lying curled up on the floor of a storage room while the Israeli forces beat him with their rifles.
The rights group said the 25-year-old Ansar Aasi was at work in the storage room in Bireh in the occupied West Bank when the Israelis stormed the place and began beating him repeatedly.The young man was then wrongfully detained despite repeatedly pleading his innocence.
“I raised my hand and told them I didn't do anything but they beat me everywhere,” Aasi said, adding that he was detained for five days and only released after his employer showed police the CCTV footage Israeli military said an initial inquiry into the CCTV footage shows Israeli forces “did not act in accordance with the standards.”
The Israeli regime had earlier said the young man was attacked on October 6 after the forces spotted him throwing stones just in front of the store. Aasi denied the charges and was freed on October 11 after Israelis accepted to see the video taken from the security cameras of the store.
B'Tselem says it is yet to be known whether the Israeli forces who beat Aasi have been held accountable or not as the footage and the later decision by the Israeli police to release the young Palestinian man clearly proves he was innocent.
The violent harassment came amid an increasing wave of violence in the occupied territories where Israeli forces have launched deadly attacks against the Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, East al-Quds (Jerusalem) and the blockaded Gaza Strip.
Dozens of Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces on Friday. Palestine’s Ma’an news agency said that at least 70 Palestinian were taken to the hospitals after a rally at the northern entrance to the city of al-Khalil (Hebron).
The report said 12 of those injured were affected by live fire while the rest had inhaled tear gas fired by the Israelis. The casualty figures were confirmed by the Red Cross which said another 13 Palestinians were injured by tear gas in Qalqiliya and another two in Ramallah. Israeli forces also fired rubber-coated steel bullets at demonstrators in Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem, injuring a 13-year-old boy.
Palestine’s Ministry of Health said that at least 65 people were injured in clashes in the Gaza strip during demonstration near Beit Hanoun.
The clashes came on a day designated by the Palestinian political factions as a “Day of Rage” with the Islamic resistance movement Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, urging Palestinians in the occupied West Bank to join the rallies after Friday prayers.
The Palestinian Health Ministry says at least 54 Palestinians have been killed and hundreds more have been injured in Israeli attacks since early October.
The tensions were triggered by the ongoing Israeli settler violence against Palestinians and their properties and a plan by the Tel Aviv regime to change the status quo of the al-Aqsa Mosque.
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