Palestinian shot in back says Israelis abused him for hours

HEBRON, West Bank (AP) — A young Palestinian who was shot in the back by Israeli forces in an incident caught on video last year says the footage shows just a small part of what was a horrifying day for him.

Karam Qawasmi spoke to The AP after the video emerged last week.

He says he was run over by a military jeep, then beaten for several hours before troops released him, only to shoot him in the back with a painful sponge-tipped bullet as he walked away.

He said Israeli investigators never contacted him.

He says: “I died several times that day … I closed my eyes and prayed.”

Palestinians often say Israeli security forces use excessive or unnecessary force against them. But incriminating video evidence is rare, making such claims hard to prove.

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