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Dozens of Palestinian detainees injured during prison raid

April 13, 2016 9:00 P.M. (Updated: April 13, 2016 9:00 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Palestinian prisoners were injured on Wednesday when Israeli forces raided section 14 of the Nafha prison, the head of the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs said.

Issa Qaraqe said Israeli forces “brutally” and randomly attacked prisoners with batons and pepper spray.

At least one prisoner, who has yet to be identified, was critically injured, Qaraqe said. Injured prisoners were taken to the Soroka Hospital in Beersheba.

The committee said that that tensions had risen at the prison in the Negev desert following the raid, and that police forces were still surrounding the prison.

The committee added that it held Israel and its prisons services responsible for the lives of prisoners, calling on rights groups and humanitarian institutions to head to the Nafha prison and Soroka Hospital to check on the prisoners.

A spokesperson for the Israeli Prison Service was not immediately available for comment.

Palestinian prisoners affiliated with the Islamic Jihad movement and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) staged protests at the end of March in a number of Israeli prisons, including Nafha, to demand an end to the use of solitary confinement, permission for prisoners to receive family visits, and a resolution to overcrowding issues.
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