An Israeli human rights group has released security camera footage showing several Israeli soldiers beating and kicking a Palestinian man for several minutes as he lies curled up in a defensive position on the floor of a storage room.Israel’s military says it is looking into the incident.
The group B’Tselem said Friday that the footage is of an Oct. 6 incident in the West Bank town of El-Bireh. The group says 25-year-old Ansar Aasi was at work in the storage room when clashes between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers erupted nearby. The video begins with him carrying a box into the storage room. He is then seen standing at the door, looking outside. Suddenly, Israel soldiers rush toward him, beat him repeatedly and drag him outside.
A Palestinian stabbed and lightly wounded a soldier in the occupied West Bank on Friday before Israeli forces shot and wounded the assailant, the army said.
Separately, Israel lifted age restrictions for the main weekly prayers at Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound Friday. While thousands of Muslims prayed at the site, clashes erupted in Hebron and Ramallah where Palestinians lobbed stones at Israeli soldiers.