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Israeli forces conduct ‘brutal’ raid against Palestinians detained in Ramon prison

Aug. 7, 2017 12:22 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 7, 2017 7:39 P.M.)
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israel Prison Service (IPS) special forces raided the Ramon prison and assaulted Palestinian detainees in the early hours on Monday, the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs said in a statement.

According to the committee, the Massada and Dror special units, in addition to members of Israeli border police’s Yamas unit, stormed Section 1 of the prison and “brutally” attacked Palestinian prisoners.

The Massada and Dror special units are trained to deal with prison “riots.” The Yamas unit, meanwhile, is tied to Israeli intelligence agency the Shin Bet.

An IPS spokesperson told Ma'an that they could "confirm that there has been a routine search in the Ramon prison."

Israeli authorities currently hold 6,128 Palestinians in Israeli prisons, according to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, including 450 without charge or trial.

The group has reported that 40 percent of the Palestinian male population has been detained by Israeli forces at some point in their lives.
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