A Palestinian man died after he was arrested overnight by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank city of Jericho on Thursday. A Palestinian NGO said that the man was beaten to death by the soldiers، according to Haaretz.
The official military response said that he man was shot by the soldiers while charging at them with an iron bar. Military sources said later that shots were fired during the arrest، but no bullet wounds were found on the body. Therefore، the growing assessment is that the man died from the beating he sustained from the soldiers.
A video distributed online documents an incident in which a Palestinian man is assaulted by Israeli soldiers during a military operation in Jericho. The military confirmed that the Palestinian later died of his wounds. The video shows the soldiers overtaking the Palestinian and continuing to beat him while he lays on the ground with several soldiers around him.
An earlier military statement said that the man attacked the soldiers with a knife and tried to steal a gun، adding that he was treated by military medics on the scene. But in fact، the video does not show an attempt to steal a gun.
Later، the military retracted the statement and issued a new one.
The Palestinian Prisoners' Club identified the man as 33-year-old Yasin al-Saradih. The statement said the man was beaten and wounded by teargas inhalation.
His family told Haaretz that al-Saradih was not suffering from a disease or other medical issues.
Eid Barahmeh، Head of the prisoner's club in Jericho، told Haaretz Yasin was arrested at around 2:00 A.M. Two hours later، the family was notified of his death. According to Barahmeh، al-Saradih's body was transferred to the Forensic Institute in Abu Kabir، and that a physician appointed by the family was present during the autopsy.
The military confirmed that the video was of an incident overnight in Jericho.
Last Friday، two Palestinians were killed and two others were wounded by Israeli shells when they approached the Gaza border، the Palestinian Health Ministry said.
The bodies were identified as Salem Mohammed Sabah and Abdullah Ayman Sheikha، both 17، from Rafah.
Over that weekend، the Israeli military struck 18 targets in the Gaza Strip following an escalation on the border.