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Israeli prison guards storm Rimon prison, beat prisoners

April 3, 2015 9:57 P.M. (Updated: April 4, 2015 10:07 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli prison guards stormed sector two of Rimon prison on Friday, severely beating dozens of prisoners and placing several in solitary confinement, the Palestinian Prisoner's Society said.

Amjad al-Najjar, head of PPS in Hebron, said Israeli guards searched the sector thoroughly and seized all electronic equipment, before moving all prisoners into another area of the prison.

He added that the situation remained "tense."

Raids are a regular occurrence at Rimon Prison, which is located in the Negev and holds large numbers of Palestinian prisoners.

An Israeli prison spokeswoman confirmed there had been searches earlier in the day, but denied that prisoners had been placed in solitary confinement. She suggested instead that the prisoners may have been "separated from other prisoners."

She added: "We do this all the time -- it's prison."

Approximately 6,000 Palestinians are currently being held in Israeli jails, the Palestinian Prisoner's Society told Ma'an on Apr. 1. This number is constantly in flux due to frequent detainment and release.
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