Detention - Wael H. (17)

14:00 Nov 5 2013 'Azzun, Qalqilya, West Bank

[Joint Case]

Hoyai H. (16) and Wael H. (17) were arrested on charges of throwing stones.

Around 2:00 p.m., Hoyai and Wael were near the main street when children began throwing stones at Israeli soldiers and retreating. Hoyai and Wael ran, but Israeli soldiers caught and beat them. Hoyai recalls: “They did not say a word. They just started beating us hard. One of them picked up a stone and threw it me, hitting me hard in my leg and it swelled.”

The boys were physically assaulted several more times, including during transport to a military camp near Kafr Laqif. While detained on the ground, Hoyai reports: “One of them started throwing stones at us and hitting us all over our bodies. The other one kept kicking a ball at us, and I got hit in the head several times.” Bound and blindfolded, the two were detained outside until midnight. Later, they were transported to Ari’el Police Station and detained on the ground until noon the next day.

Each was interrogated without the presence of a lawyer, family member or any explanation of their rights and threatened with further assault if they did not confess. Hoyai denied charges while Wael confessed to throwing one stone and signed a statement without knowing its contents.

At 6 p.m., they were transferred to Huwara Interrogation and Detention Center with a dog which soldiers threatened to unleash on them. Subsequently, Wael and Hoyai were detained for approximately four hours—outside in cold conditions and in a metal room.

On 7 November, around 5:00 a.m., they were transported to Megiddo Prison. Wael notes, “We had not had any food or water since they arrested us.” That same day, Hoyai and Wael first appeared before a judge in Salem Military Court
Additional Data
Type of Case: Detained
Name: Wael H.
Age: 17
Incident Date: Nov 05 2013
Type of Violation (Detention): Ill-treatment,Torture,Coerced confession,Unlawful transfer
Unlawful Transfer Location (Detention): Megiddo

Credibility: UP DOWN 0

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