Lawyer of the Palestinian Prisoners Society, Hasan al-Sheikh, reported that detainee Mohammad Ali Rashaida, lost his ability to speak after being tortured and punched on his head and ears.

Al-Sheikh added that soldiers also fired rounds of live ammunition while placing their guns near his ears during interrogation.

Rashaida, who was arrested on April 29, 2005, in Bethlehem, was also shot wounded during his arrest.

Rashaida, a father of six children, is currently in a critical condition going through a shock, and unable to carry out any physical effort without external help.

The Society appealed the Internal Community and the Red Cross to save the life of Rashaida and pressure the Israeli authorities in order to release him in order to receive the needed medical attention and treatment.