The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Strapped down, blindfolded, held in diapers: Israeli whistleblowers detail abuse of Palestinians in shadowy detention center

The Zionist regime’s brutality against innocent Gazans, most of whom are children and women is an unforgettable event. The Israeli regime’s militants who are the real terrorists in the region, are still committing inhuman acts since their strike of the Gaza Strip and their latest attacks on the Rafah township. The regime’s abuse of Palestinians in a detention center (Sde Teiman desert camp) in a leaked report by CNN is a shocking incident that hurts every human’s heart. CNN or Cable News Network is a U.S.-based multinational news channel and website. The website doesn’t take the side of Palestinians and even slammed Hamas for what it said the group (The Islamic Resistance Movement) has targeted innocents while attacking Israel nearly seven months ago. The regime, however, denies torture and abuse of the detained Palestinians. Here are some excerpted parts of the reports published in The Kabul Times for the Afghan readers to know how brutal the regime is and how the rights activists are silent:

They stripped them down of anything that resembles human beings. An Israeli whistleblower recalling his experience at Sde Teiman Whistleblowers also said that the medical team was told to refrain from signing medical documents, corroborating previous reporting by the rights group Physicians for Human Rights in Israel (PHRI). The PHRI report released in April warned of “a serious concern that anonymity is employed to prevent the possibility of investigations or complaints regarding breaches of medical ethics and professionalism.” “You don’t sign anything, and there is no verification of authority,” said the same whistleblower who said he lacked the appropriate training for the treatment he was asked to administer. “It is a paradise for interns because it’s like you do whatever you want.” CNN also requested comment from the Israeli health ministry on the allegations in this report. The ministry referred CNN back to the IDF. Concealed from the outside world Sde Teiman and other military detention camps have been shrouded in secrecy since their inception. Israel has repeatedly refused requests to disclose the number of detainees held at the facilities, or to reveal the whereabouts of Gazan prisoners. Last Wednesday, the Israeli Supreme Court held a hearing in response to a petition brought forward by the Israeli rights group, HaMoked, to reveal the location of a Palestinian X-ray technician detained from Nasser Hospital in southern Gaza in February. It was the first court session of its kind since October 7. Israel’s highest court had previously rejected writs of habeas corpus filed on behalf of dozens of Palestinians from Gaza held in unknown locations. The disappearances “allow for the atrocities that we’ve been hearing about to happen,” said Tal Steiner, an Israeli human rights lawyer and executive director of the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel. “People completely disconnected from the outside world are the most vulnerable to torture and mistreatment,” Steiner said. Since October 7, more than 100 structures, including large tents and hangars, appeared within these areas of the Sde Teiman desert camp. Planet Labs PBC Satellite images provide further insight into activities at Sde Teiman, revealing that in the months since the start of the Israel-Hamas war on October 7, more than 100 new structures, including large tents and hangars, have been built at the desert camp. A comparison of aerial photographs from September 10, 2023, and March 1 this year also showed a significant increase in the number of vehicles at the facility, indicating an uptick in activity. Satellite imagery from two dates in early December showed construction work in progress. CNN also geolocated the two leaked photographs showing the enclosure holding the group of blindfolded men in gray tracksuits. The pattern of panels seen on the roof matched those of a large hangar visible in satellite imagery. The structure, which resembles an animal pen, is located in the central area of the Sde Teiman compound. It is an older structure seen among new buildings which have appeared since the war began. CNN reviewed satellite images from two other military detention camps – Ofer and Anatot bases in the occupied West Bank – and did not detect expansion in the grounds since October 7. Several rights groups and legal experts say they believe that Sde Teiman, which is the nearest to Gaza, likely hosts the largest number of detainees of the three military detention camps. “I was there for 23 days. Twenty-three days that felt like 100 years,” said 27-year-old Ibrahim Yassine on the day of his release from a military detention camp. He was lying in a crowded room with over a dozen newly freed men – they were still in the grey tracksuit prison uniforms. Some had deep flesh wounds from where the handcuffs had been removed. “We were handcuffed and blindfolded,” said another man, 43-year-old Sufyan Abu Salah. “Today is the first day I can see.” Several had a glassy look in their eyes and were seemingly emaciated. One elderly man breathed through an oxygen machine as he lay on a stretcher. Outside the hospital, two freedmen from the Palestinian Red Crescent Society embraced their colleagues. For Dr. Al-Ran, his reunion with his friends was anything but joyful. The experience, he said, rendered him mute for a month as he battled an “emotional deadness.” “It was very painful. When I was released, people expected me to miss them, to embrace them. But there was a gap,” said al-Ran. “The people who were with me at the detention facility became my family. Those friendships were the only things that belonged to us.” Just before his release, a fellow prisoner had called out to him, his voice barely rising above a whisper, al-Ran said. He asked the doctor to find his wife and kids in Gaza. “He asked me to tell them that it is better for them to be martyrs,” said al-Ran. “It is better for them to die than to be captured and held here.” Mukhtar Safi

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