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Gazan prisoners mourn lost family members inside Israeli jails

July 23, 2014 4:44 P.M. (Updated: July 24, 2014 6:04 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- More than a dozen Gazan prisoners being held in Israeli jails have lost members of their families to Israel's assault on the Strip, a Palestinian prisoner's rights group said Wednesday.

The Palestinian Prisoner's Society said in a statement that Salah Hamad, Hamza Abu Sawawin, Rami Zweidi, Taysir Breiem, Ahmad al-Sufi, Saddam Ashur, in addition to several others, had lost members of their family as a result of Israeli attacks.

Some of the prisoners have lost their entire families to Israeli strikes, and some of their homes had been destroyed.

A PPS lawyer who recently visited the prisoners in Nafha prison said that many of them were in a state of trauma after discovering that their parents or families had been killed in Gaza.

"Some of them started to attempt to identify those killed ... on TV," the lawyer said.

The statement said the prisoners were experiencing "the hardest days" of their lives.

Israel's latest offensive on Gaza, dubbed "Operation Protective Edge," has left over 650 Palestinians dead, most of them civilians. Over 4,000 Palestinians have been injured.

Thirty-one Israelis, all but two of them soldiers, have also died in the fighting, in addition to a foreign civilian worker who died Wednesday after being hit by mortar fire in southern Israel.
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