Prisoners Report Use of Attack Dogs during Recent Arrests

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PNN – Palestine News Network – 16.11.11 – 22:02 PNN

A Wednesday report from the Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs authored by ministry lawyer Hussein al-Sheikh claimed that during the last month, Israeli soldiers used attack dogs to frighten prisoners after arresting them.


An Israeli soldier stands behind a fence that formerly marked the site of the wall in the central West Bank village of Bil’in (Brendan Work, PNN).

Quoted in the report is 21-year-old prisoner Maher Sharef Abdulrahman Abu Ras, from the village of Dura near Hebron, who was arrested on October 28, 2011. He said that the soldiers released attack dogs on him when they raided his house. One dog bit him on his right leg and five soldiers hit him in the head and body with their guns. He said that the soldiers took him to Soroka Hospital for treatment and injected him with a needle, ostensibly to inoculate against poisoning from the dog bite.

Khaled Nayef Salem, 32 and from Dheisheh refugee camp near Bethlehem, was arrested on October 24. He said Israeli special forces arrested him at his work place and beat him severely, then released the dogs on him. He suffered a bite on his body and was taken to an Etzion military compound.

The report said that Abu Ras and Salem planned to bring complaints against the soldiers for assault and the use of attack dogs.

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