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Flooding, mold in Etzion jail causing illness among detainees

Feb. 24, 2016 5:17 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 24, 2016 5:17 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Palestinian prisoners in Israel's Etzion prison are suffering from a lack of protection against cold and wet conditions, leading to illness and infections that are neglected by the prison service, a lawyer with the Palestinian Authority Prisoners' Affairs Committee said on Wednesday.

Lawyer for the committee Hussien al-Sheikh said Etzion is "flooded" from heavy rainfall in recent days. The flooding has ruined prisoners' clothing and blankets, as mold has taken root in the dampened materials.

Al-Sheikh added that due to the poor conditions, flu and skin infection have started to spread among the prisoners, who remain untreated.

In addition to deteriorating living conditions in the jail, al-Sheikh documented cases of Israeli authorities insulting, beating and torturing prisoners during interrogations.

The committee urged international and human organizations to take action against Israeli violations against Palestinian prisoners.

Rights groups have long criticized Israel for mistreatment of Palestinians in Israeli jails, as well as the illegality of their imprisonment.

Nearly 7,000 Palestinians are currently held in Israeli jails, many of whom face torture, denial of family visitation, and medical negligence.
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