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Israel cancels permits for Gazan families to visit imprisoned relatives

November 14, 2017 at 10:51 am

Palestinians in Gaza hold a conference in support of prisoners in the Nafha prison who have been subjected to raids and humiliation at the hands of Israeli forces [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Israeli authorities reportedly cancelled the permits of Palestinians from Gaza to visit their imprisoned relatives inside Israel’s Nafha prison for the remainder of November.

Spokeswoman of the Red Crescent in Gaza, Suheir Zaqqout, told Ma’an that the permits were scheduled to be issued yesterday, adding that the cancellation was allegedly due to reparations inside the jail and the visitors’ hall.

Zaqqout added that out of the 6,198 Palestinians inside Israeli prisons, some 300 are from the Gaza Strip.

The majority of the more than two million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are sealed inside the coastal enclave due to a decade long military blockade imposed by Israel and upheld by Egypt on the southern border.

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