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Palestinians step up protest in Israeli prisons

Palestinians step up protest in Israeli prisons

Palestinians step up protest in Israeli prisons

Ramallah, Feb 12 (Prensa Latina) Palestinian prisoners in Israeli penitentiaries stepped up protests Saturday condemning punitive measures against them as well as the breach of agreements reached with Tel Aviv Prison Authority (IPS).

As part of the campaign, detainees closed several sections in some penitentiaries and will go on a 24-hour hunger strike on Monday, the Al Quds news agency reported.

The Commission for the Affairs of Palestinian Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners, on the other hand, said IPS had recently sent manifold security agents to crush the strike for fear of a rebellion.

Since September 2021, tension has scaled up in Israeli prisons, after the break of six Palestinians from the Gilboa maximum security prison.

Although the six Palestinians were caught after a massive manhunt, Tel Aviv officials applied a great number of punitive measures against the rest of detainees, bringing about clashes and strikes.

Some 4,500 Palestinians are imprisoned in Israeli penitentiaries, including 180 children and 32 women, according to updated data released Friday.

Criticized by the UN and human rights groups, so-called administrative detention is used by Israel to arrest Palestinians from three to six months on the basis of undisclosed evidence that even a defendant’s lawyer is banned from using.


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