CNN reports alleged abuse of Palestinian terror suspects in Israeli detention facilities

Illustrative: Hamas terror suspects, caught during the October 7 massacre and subsequent IDF operations in Gaza, seen at a courtyard in a prison in southern Israel, February 14, 2024. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)
Illustrative: Hamas terror suspects, caught during the October 7 massacre and subsequent IDF operations in Gaza, seen at a courtyard in a prison in southern Israel, February 14, 2024. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

CNN publishes an in-depth report on the conditions in Israeli detention facilities holding terror suspects detained during the ongoing war with Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Quoting two Israeli whistleblowers and a Palestinian doctor held in a facility in the Negev, the report details alleged abuse of detainees including physical restraints and beatings.

“[The beatings] were not done to gather intelligence. They were done out of revenge,” says one of the whistleblowers quoted by CNN. “It was punishment for what [the Palestinians] did on October 7 and punishment for behavior in the camp.”

Another of the Israeli sources shares photos he took at a detention facility at Sde Teiman, some 30 kilometers (18 miles) from the Gaza border, which show around a hundred blindfolded men in grey tracksuits in a floodlit area surrounded by a barbed wire fence.

The Palestinian doctor quoted in the report says that guards at Sde Teiman regularly unleash dogs on sleeping detainees in what he calls “the nightly torture.”

The report also includes a 3D video model of a field hospital in the facility, where the witness accounts say wounded Palestinian detainees are handcuffed to beds wearing diapers and fed through straws.

The Israel Defense Forces denies the allegations in the CNN report, insisting that “Any allegation of misconduct by IDF soldiers is examined and dealt with accordingly.”

Hamas’s October 7 massacre, which sparked the ongoing war in Gaza, saw some 3,000 terrorists burst across the border into Israel by land, air and sea, killing some 1,200 people and seizing 252 hostages, mostly civilians, many amid acts of brutality and sexual assault.

Vowing to destroy Hamas, Israel launched a wide-scale military operation in Gaza, during which thousands of terror suspects have been arrested.

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