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5 Palestinian women prisoners sent into solitary confinement

May 5, 2015 5:36 P.M. (Updated: May 5, 2015 6:39 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Five Palestinian women in HaSharon prison were sent into solitary confinement on Tuesday, a prisoners' rights group said.

The Palestinian Prisoner's Society identified the prisoners as Nahil Abu Eisha, Ihsan Dababseh, Haniyyeh Nasser, Shireen al-Issawi and Yasmin Shaaban.

A PPS lawyer who visited the prisoners said that they had been sent into confinement following a dispute that broke out between the prisoners and prison authorities.

He said that the five prisoners had recently been banned from receiving visits for a period of one month after they raised a Palestinian flag in the prison yard.

As of February this year there were 22 Palestinian women in Israeli prisons, according to rights group Addameer.

In March, Addameer issued a statement marking International Women's Day, in which they noted: "In direct violation of international law... Palestinian women living in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip are generally held in prisons outside of the occupied territories, mainly in HaSharon Prison."

The statement said: "Throughout the process of their detainment, from the moment of the arrest until their release, these women are subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment, torture, and psychological abuse.

"They have suffered ill treatment at the hands of Israeli forces, including gender-based violence, physical and verbal assault, and degrading strip searches used as a punitive measure."

There are currently a total of about 6,000 Palestinians in Israeli prisons.
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