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Group: Israel extends solitary for Gaza engineer

Nov. 1, 2012 4:22 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 3, 2012 10:56 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- An Israeli court extended on Thursday the solitary confinement of Dirar Abu Sisi, 42, the Palestinian prisoners society reported.

Abu Sisi is jailed at Ashkelon prison and suffers from anemia and needs treatment. The detainee also has weak vision in his left eye, and problems in his right ear.

Israeli prison authorities have neglected his condition, the prisoners group said.

Abu Sisi disappeared in February 2011 while traveling on a train in Ukraine and Israel later announced that it was holding him in the southern Israeli jail.

The engineer, from Gaza, has been held in solitary confinement since his arrest.

After a mass hunger strike in Israeli prisons, authorities were said to have agreed to move Abu Sisi to the general population. Rights groups say Israel has kept him in isolation.

In October jailed Popular Front leader Ahmad Saadat said that Israeli prison authorities were not implementing the terms of a prisoners deal, which was agreed in May.

"The Israeli prison authority did not abide in the hunger strike agreement, especially since the prisoner Dirar Abu Sisi is still isolated," Saadat said via a lawyer from the prisoners society.
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