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Police officers assault a man in Gaza, breaking his legs

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20 January 2020


Palestinian police officers in Gaza arrested Mohammed Fayez Abu Al-Atta, 31, on 20 January 2020. He was assaulted while in custody and was later admitted to Al-Shifa Hospital with fractures in lower extremities.

Few days before his arrest, Mohamed had been involved in a fight on Friday, 17 January 2020, with a person in Shujaiya neighborhood where Mohamed used a knife and injured the other person, who is believed to had been a plain-clothed police officer of the General Investigations Department. Later that day, at approximately 4:30pm, a police force arrived at Abu Al-Atta's residence, where they detained three of his brothers, his wife, and their two children. They were transferred to Shujaiya police station seemingly to pressure Mohammad to turn himself in. The police released some of Abu Al-Atta family members, including the children, on the evening of the same day, while the rest were released the next morning on 18 January 2020.

Information collected from the field and his family testimony indicate that Mohammed was arrested in Middle Gaza district on Monday, 20 January 2020, and was later transferred, at around 7pm, to Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City where doctors reported that he suffered multiple fractures in lower extremities. It is believed that while in custody of at Shujaiya police station in Gaza City, Mohamed was assaulted by police officers with batons.