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Prisoners say special Israeli units raiding wards

June 15, 2013 12:51 P.M. (Updated: June 25, 2013 10:48 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – Palestinian prisoners held at Israel’s Ashkelon prison have been assaulted by special Israeli units ransacking their wards several times last week, a lawyer said Saturday.

Karim Ajweh, who works for the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society, quoted representative of prisoners in Ashkelon Nasser Abu Hmeid as saying that wards 11 and 13 were stormed and “brutally inspected” for several hours by special squads.

Ajweh highlighted that “Ashkelon prison looks like a hospital as 60 out of 120 Palestinian inmates are sick.”

The prisoners, he added, have made it clear to the Israeli prison service that provocative inspection raids are an “unacceptable show of force.” They threatened to carry out protests if such behavior continues, the lawyer said.

Separately, eight prisoners, held in solitary confinement at Rimon prison, threatened to start an open hunger strike Monday protesting solitary confinement.

One of the prisoners, Jihad Dweikat, says they asked to be moved to another prison in the north closer to their families. The Israeli prison service has promised to move them for three months, but nothing happened.

Dweikat identified the other seven as Said Maslama from Salfit, Abdullah Barham from Qalqiliya, Ahmad Halamneh from Jenin, Ali Hassan from Qalqiliya, Shadi Suqiya from Jenin, Mousa Jumaa from Qalqiliya and Muhammad al-Bulbul from Gaza.

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