Group Finds Abuse in Palestinian Jails

SALEM, West Bank -- Two human rights groups on Monday decried widespread mistreatment and torture in Palestinian jails.

The groups' reports looked at human rights violations during the past year, since the Islamic militant Hamas wrested control of Gaza from the forces of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who now runs just the West Bank.

Human Rights Watch said Abbas' forces need to come under closer scrutiny because of the massive international support they enjoy.

"The international community has pledged $8 billion to the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and that gives them a heavy responsibility to make sure the security forces don't use torture and respect human rights," said Fred Abrahams, a senior researcher for Human Rights Watch, a U.S.-based group that is releasing its own report on abuse later this week.