Palestinian journalist arrested, beaten in West Bank by Palestinian security forces

Palestinian journalist arrested, beaten in West Bank by Palestinian security forces
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14 June, 2022
A Palestinian journalist who was covering an attack at a university in the West Bank city of Nablus was arrested by Palestinian security forces
Khweira was arrested in Nablus where he was covering a developing story [Getty]

Palestinian security forces arrested Al-Araby Al-Jadeed correspondent Samer Khweira on Tuesday evening as he was covering an attack by security guards on students at a West Bank university.

Speaking to The New Arab's Arabic-language sister site Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, Samer’s wife, Iman, said that while her husband was at the Rafidia Surgical Hospital in Nablus to cover the transfer of injured students, he was arrested by Palestinian security forces, then beaten and punched in the face.

He was later released and taken to hospital, she said. No further details on the incident were provided.

A peaceful sit-in by students at the An-Najah University also in Nablus was broken up by security forces Tuesday afternoon.

Palestinian security forces have often been criticised for their actions against protesters, activists and journalists, with reports of abuse and mistreatment.

A number of PA personnel went on trial last year for the killing of Palestinian dissident Nizar Banat.