Man claims kept naked, chained for 15 years - Israeli police

2016-09-20 19:18


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Jerusalem - Israeli police said they discovered a man chained naked to a building on Tuesday who claimed he had been kept that way for some 15 years.

The Bedouin man was found when an officer overseeing demolitions of illegal constructions in part of the Negev desert heard cries coming from a shed.

"He approached and found the man without clothes and chained to a wall," police said in a statement.

He was found in the area of Alfora, about 20km east of the city of Beersheba.

An initial investigation showed that the man's family had chained him due to his mental illness and because he had thrown stones at children, police said.

Israeli media reported that the 43-year-old man's face was covered in dirt and his hair and beard appeared as if they had not been cut in years.

He was taken to hospital and social welfare authorities were notified. Israeli police were checking the veracity of his statements.

About 300 000 Bedouins, the descendants of desert nomads, live in Israel, mainly in the Negev, located in the country's south.

A large number live in unrecognised villages, often in deep poverty without connections to the electricity grid or water mains.

Israeli authorities regularly demolish Bedouin structures they consider illegal and say they want to improve their living conditions.

Bedouins allege mistreatment, denouncing the demolitions and what they call forced relocations.

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