Palestinian prison escapee reportedly tortured after being detained

A lawyer affiliated with the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) has said that one of the Palestinian prison escapees detained by Israeli authorities was severely beaten and did not receive treatment.

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Mohammed al-Arida was subjected to torture after his recapture by Israeli authorities, according to a lawyer affiliated with the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS).

Khaled Mahajna made a statement to official Palestinian local television after meeting with Al-Arida, saying the prisoner underwent harsh torture and was badly beaten. The lawyer said Al-Arida has severe wounds all over his body but has still not received any treatment and has barely slept.

Al-Arida denies all accusations, Mahajna said, noting the prisoner opted to remain silent during the interrogation despite the torture and pressure. The PPS said it would talk to all four of the caught escapees on September 20.

Six Palestinian inmates tunneled out of the high-security Gilboa prison in northern Israel on September 6. Israeli forces, however, have managed to capture four of the six escapees after a large-scale manhunt.

The remaining two are still in hiding. There are around 4,850 Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons, including 41 women, 225 children, and 540 “administrative detainees,” according to international and local observers.

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