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Israel military charges 5 soldiers with abusing Palestinians

January 31, 2019

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli military prosecutors have charged five soldiers with seriously abusing two Palestinian suspects who had been arrested.

The Israeli military said in a statement Thursday that on Jan. 8, the soldiers “beat the Palestinians whilst slapping them, punching them and using blunt objects against them while they were handcuffed and blindfolded.”

The Palestinians were arrested on suspicion of assisting the gunmen involved in a West Bank shooting that left two Israeli soldiers dead in December.

The army spokesperson’s office said the soldiers face charges of “aggravated abuse and serious injury in aggravated circumstances.” It wasn’t clear what the maximum sentence was for the charge.

The military prosecutors have requested that the soldiers remain under arrest until the end of proceedings.

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