Yazan Mazlum in the hospital. Photo: Iyad Hadad, B'Tselem,13 Dec. 2015
I heard that soldiers had fired tear gas near Abu Hani’s house in the village center, so I went there with a few other guys to help them. When we went in, some of the residents had already gone up to the roof on account of the tear gas. We helped take five kids to another apartment in the building and helped an old man up to the roof. Five or ten minutes after we got there, a large group of soldiers rushed into the building. Three of them came into the room we were in and then another soldier came in, I think he was the commander. He was masked. He pointed at me and at Yazan and told the soldiers to arrest us. The soldiers started dragging me by the shoulders. When I resisted they started beating me on the head, shoulders and legs with their rifles. I saw other soldiers beating Yazan. They tied our hands behind our backs with plastic cable ties and pulled them real tight. I told one of the soldiers that my hands hurt, but he kept on beating me. The soldiers dragged us down the stairs and my head banged against the walls.When we got downstairs, they started asking us questions, continuing to beat us and swear at us. After a minute or two, they led us to the eastern entrance to the village, about 500 meters away. When we got there, one of the soldiers said he was the commander and said we had thrown stones. He kicked me in the chest and I felt it was hard to breathe. They sat Yazan and me down together and started accusing us again of throwing stones, all the while continuing to beat us. We kept on denying the allegations and they let us ago after a few minutes.We were taken in a Red Crescent ambulance to the Palestine Medical Center in Ramallah, where we were examined and x-rayed. The doctors found that my shoulder was dislocated and I also had bruises on my chest, head and legs, as well as marks on my hands from the plastic cable ties. I was treated and released told to continue with medical follow-up. This morning, I missed a test at school. I didn’t go because I can hardly move my toes. I’m in my last year of high school and I’m afraid this will harm my studies.