Israeli force raids unexpectedly cells of prisoners in Hadarim jail
|Thursday, March 25,2010 10:53|
GAZA, A special Israeli force stormed Tuesday evening one of the sections in Hadarim prison, where a number of senior Palestinian leaders of factions are locked up, and carried out a surprise inspection of their cells.
A human rights source told the Palestinian information center (PIC) that Israeli troops carried out a sudden raid on section three in the prison and searched the cells of three prisoners from Hamas and four others affiliated with Islamic Jihad and Fatah factions.
Senior Hamas official Abdelkhaleq Natshe and Fatah official Marwan Al-Barghouthi are the most prominent figures imprisoned inside Hadarim jail.
For its part, Wa’ed society for detainees and ex-detainees said that the Israeli notorious Nahshon unit stormed barbarically at eight o’clock on Tuesday evening the sections of prisoners in Hadarim prison, ransacking the rooms and searching the detainees.
In a press release, the society warned that there are Israeli intents to step up arbitrary measures against both female and male prisoners and called on the Arab and Muslim worlds to interact with the initiative made by Palestinian premier Ismail Haneyya who declared 2010 a year for the support of prisoners and called for pooling the efforts at all levels to serve this issue.
It outlined some of the major violations committed against the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, especially what happens to women, saying that the administrations of prisons escalated their strip search policy against them and forced some of them who were pregnant to give birth while handcuffed.
In a related context, the Palestinian ministry of prisoners’ affairs stated Tuesday that the prisoners in Israeli jails managed to keep up high morale despite the unprecedented decline in their imprisonment conditions which started a year ago since the Israeli government decided to form a special committee to find possible ways to impose more restrictions on Palestinian detainees after the failure of the swap deal talks.
The ministry’s information office director Riyadh Al-Ashqar said Tuesday that Israel formed this committee in an attempt to pressure the Palestinian resistance factions in Gaza to change their positions towards the swap deal and accept its criteria in this regard.
Ashqar affirmed that this committee, since it was formed, has carried out a number of punitive and restrictive measures against prisoners, and created a new reality much worse than before. Source