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Gaza families visit jailed relatives in Israeli prisons

July 15, 2013 11:20 A.M. (Updated: July 15, 2013 8:28 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A group of Gaza residents visited their relatives in Israeli jails on Monday, the International Committee for the Red Cross said.

ICRC spokesman Nasser al-Najjar told Ma'an that 65 family members, including six children, left Gaza via the Beit Hanoun, or Erez, crossing to visit 39 jailed relatives in Israel.

Israel banned visits to all prisoners from Gaza in 2007 to pressure Hamas to release Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was freed in October 2011.

Prison visits were reinstated after a mass hunger strike in Israeli jails.

Under international law, detainees are entitled to receive family visits.
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