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Center: Detainees beaten over cell phones

Sept. 15, 2010 8:15 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 16, 2010 4:10 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Detainees Center said Wednesday that a special unit raided the Ofer prison in the occupied West Bank, beating detainees, a statement read.

The center said the unit opened fire at prisoners and deployed tear-gas, with several younger detainees suffering respiratory problems as a result. According to the center's lawyer, the detainees were beaten after cell phones were found in their possession.

The prison, located in the West Bank district of Ramallah, is on alert and visits have been banned, the statement said.

Head of the center Qaddura Fares denounced the raid, saying that prison staff in Ofer "tend to make detainees' lives hell."

Detainees held at the prison announced a hunger strike a day earlier, which will last for a week.

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