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Three Palestinians Found Dead After Release From Israeli Custody

Three Palestinian men found dead near Gaza border after release from Israeli custody, were reportedly attacked by Israeli forces.

The handcuffed bodies of three Palestinian men freed from Israeli custody were found near Gaza’s border with Israel, according to an uncle of one of the men and a witness. The victims were reportedly attacked by Israeli forces shortly after their release.

Abdel Hadi Ghabayen, uncle of one of the detainees, Kamel Ghabayen, said he began searching for his nephew at 5 a.m. on Sunday following his arrest by Israeli forces on Saturday. Ghabayen discovered the bodies near the Israeli border fence in the vicinity of the Karam Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing in southern Gaza.

“I found him left on the ground along with the other two martyrs. They were without clothes, and their hands had plastic cuffs put on them by the Israeli army,” Ghabayen said. He also mentioned that one of the men had lost a leg and his body was “in pieces” after what he described as an attack by Israeli forces following their release.

When Ghabayen tried to recover the dismembered leg, he was fired upon by Israeli forces and forced to stop. He later transported the bodies to Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis, a city in southern Gaza.

The three men, identified as Kamel Ghabayen, Mohammed Awad Ramadan Abu Hejazi, and Ramadan Awad Ramadan Aby Hejaz, were among several Palestinians detained on Saturday and held for questioning, according to Mahmoud Abu Taha, another detainee. Abu Taha said they came under fire shortly after their release.

“We reached Karkar Street (in Gaza). After 10 minutes of being there, we found a bomb thrown at the people with me. Thank God I was at the front. The bomb hit 6 or 7 people who were detained with us. Thank God I am alive,” Abu Taha said. As

The conflict between Israel and Gaza escalated significantly on October 7 when fighters led by Hamas, which controls Gaza, attacked southern Israel, resulting in the deaths of 1,200 people and the taking of around 250 hostages, according to Israeli figures. Gaza health officials report that more than 38,000 Palestinians have been killed in the subsequent Israeli military offensive.

Melissa Enoch

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