Israeli Army Tortures 48 Gazans to Death: Report

23:27 - June 10, 2024
News ID: 3488694
IQNA – The Israeli regime army has tortured 48 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip to death, according to a report.

Israeli regime forces detain Palestinian youths


The forty-eight Palestinian detainees from Gaza have been tortured to death while held in custody by the Israeli army, Haaretz newspaper reported. The  regime’s army is reportedly conducting criminal investigations into the deaths.

The newspaper quoted an army source as saying that 36 of the victims died inside the Sde Teiman detention center established in the Negev Desert by the army specifically for detainees from the Gaza Strip.

Another twelve prisoners faced compelling detention circumstances that led to their death, including extreme exhaustion, psychological pressure, and physical torture in other detention centers established by the army within Gaza before being transferred to prisons inside Israel.

According to Haaretz, military police have launched dozens of criminal investigations covering soldiers’ conduct, including cases that include suspected looting, weapons theft, violence and insubordination. No charges, however, have been filed yet in the cases involving the killing of Palestinians in custody.

Meanwhile, a statement by the Government Media Office in Gaza indicated that the Israeli army has arrested about 5,000 Palestinians from the enclave since the start of its ruthless war on the besieged Strip. The fate of many of them or the conditions of their detention are still unknown.

After launching the ground invasion of Gaza on 27 October last year, the Israeli army divided the Palestinian territory into 2,300 “security zones” with the aim of tightening control over the entrances and exits of all areas. A tight siege has been imposed on the zones, using the air force and drones which shoot every moving object on sight.

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The army sets up mobile checkpoints known as “halls” for citizens to pass through after inspecting them “almost naked” and then selects young men in particular for interrogation. On both sides of the checkpoints, the army has established temporary detention sites including schoolyards, hospitals or football fields, to segregate the prisoners into males and females, with routinely degrading and humiliating treatment.

Psychological warfare against detainees is also routine, whereby they are isolated completely from their surroundings. They are also used as human shields in front of military convoys in an attempt to discourage the Palestinian resistance groups from targeting them. Detainees are said to be forced to remain in a “squatting” position for long hours, handcuffed and blindfolded, regardless of their age or health conditions.


Source: Middle East Monitor