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Prisoners tortured in Etzion, face difficult conditions in Ashkelon

Nov. 6, 2015 10:37 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 24, 2015 6:27 P.M.)
Around 7,000 Palestinians are being held in Israeli jails. (AFP/Jack Guez, File)

JERUSALEM (Ma'an) --Palestinian prisoners held in the Israeli Etzion and Ashkelon jails are facing torture and assault by Israeli forces, a prisoners' rights group said.

Muhammad al-Khatib, 19, received fractures in his hands when he was beaten by Israeli forces inside of a military vehicle after being detained, Palestinian Prisoner’s Society lawyer Jacqueline Fararj said.

Fararj added that the forces cursed al-Khatib for the duration of the ride to the jail.

Members of Israel’s prison service in Etzion jail pushed 19-year-old prisoner Hazem Ishaq Abu Hadwan down a flight of stairs, the lawyer said.

Palestinian prisoner Sameh Mahmoud Alameh, 26, was one of five prisoners that told Fararj they were severely beaten in Etzion, often times with rifles.

Two teenage Palestinian girls held In the Ashkelon prison, Jihan Erekat, 17, and Nour Istabraq, 15, told the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society that conditions were difficult as the prison does not have a women’s section.

The two said they have not been not allowed to leave their cells since being transferred to Ashkelon, adding that their cells are infested with bugs and cockroaches.

The society’s lawyer said Erekat and Istabraq are being held next to the criminal section of the prison, where prisoners have made incessant insults and curses towards the girls.

Erekat and Istabraq demanded that they be moved from the Ashkelon prison as soon as possible.

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.

October marked a significant increase in arrests, including several children, according to prisoners' rights group Addameer.

Mel / UK
'America does not torture'! Right Obushma? But it's fine if our lil' Israeli Zionist state does it, for us. Eh Obama? STOP THE CHECKS. BDS Israel.
07/11/2015 11:31
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