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Palestinian detainees to receive 550 Shekels for Eid

Nov. 23, 2009 12:05 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 24, 2009 2:14 P.M.)
Ramallah – Ma’an – Palestinian prisoners will receive 550 New Israeli Shekels for the Eid Al-Adha holiday and for October and November, according to a statement released by Palestinian Minister of Prisoners and Ex-Detainees Issa Qaraqe on Monday.

Qaraqe added that the ministry was successful in raising prisoners’ canteen allowance to 50 NIS to allow detainees to purchase sweets during the Muslim Feast starting on Friday.

The ministry also raised 94,000 Shekels to provide winter tent covers for detainees held at the Negev prison, to protect them from winter weather.

According to the statement, Qaraqe accused the Israeli prison administration of delaying the approval of 350 Shekels for 900 Gazan detainees to buy clothes as their families have been banned from visiting for the last three years. The Palestinian ministry awaits Israeli approval, Qaraqe added.

Qaraqi’ further stated that 35,000 Shekels were sent to 34 detainees in poor health held at Ar-Ramla prison hospital, in addition to 225,000 Shekels for tuition fees. Another payment will be forwarded to prisoners following the Eid Al-Adha holiday, he said.

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