Soldiers stationed at the container checkpoint, which blocks the road linking the north of the West Bank with its southern part, detained and assaulted a Palestinian man from Nahaleen village near Bethlehem as he was going back home on Sunday afternoon.

Troops ordered Jafar Ghadatha 27 to move aside and took his ID card and held him for two hours.  Soldiers then beat him badly before they let him go, eyewitnesses said.

Passengers at the checkpoint called the ambulance which took him to the Beit Jala hospital for treatment.

Medics at the hospital reported that Ghadatha sustained wounds and bruises in several parts of his body ands described his condition as moderate.