US asking Israel for answers on ‘deeply concerning’ report on alleged abuse of Palestinian detainees

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

File - IDF soldiers stand by a truck packed with bound and blindfolded Palestinian detainees, in Gaza, December 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Moti Milrod, Haaretz, File)
File - IDF soldiers stand by a truck packed with bound and blindfolded Palestinian detainees, in Gaza, December 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Moti Milrod, Haaretz, File)

The US says it is “deeply concerned” about a recent CNN report revealing significant allegations of abuse of Palestinian detainees at Israeli detention facilities holding terror suspects detained during the ongoing war with Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

“We have seen these reports on alleged prisoner abuse at this prison. It’s deeply concerning, very troubling,” White House National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby says in a briefing.

“We are reaching out to our Israeli counterparts to get more information here about these allegations and our expectation is that we’ll get good answers here…Our expectations are of the highest standard when it comes to the treatment of prisoners,” Kirby adds.

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