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5,000 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails

Approximately 5,000 Palestinians are currently being held in Israeli jails, including 20 women and 230 minors, figured released by the Palestinian Prisoners Club today showed.

The figures were released as part of a report on Palestinian Prisoner's Day. According to the data in the report, some 95 per cent of them have been tortured when they were arrested and during investigations.

The publication also includes eye-witness accounts of human rights abuses carried out by Israeli forces. It said that in 2013 and the beginning of 2014; Israeli prison services broke into the jails of the prisoners at least once a week.

Three prisoners died in custody last year because of torture, mistreatment and poor healthcare services. Another prisoner died shortly after being released.

The report showed that 1,000 prisoners are suffering from diseases including 160 prisoners suffering chronic illness. The worst cases are in the clinic of Al-Ramlah Prison.

It noted that 30 prisoners are being illegally detained as they completed their prison terms last month. According to the report, the detainees were informed of their release however the Israeli government retracted its obligations to the Palestinian negotiation team and the US brokered peace talks.

MEMO Photographer Mohammed Asad

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