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OIC calls for 'end to Israel's assaults on Palestinian prisoners'

Armed Israeli police entered Ofer Prison on 21 January, 2019
Armed Israeli police stand outside a cell in Ofer Prison on 21 January 2019

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) yesterday strongly condemned the "Israeli assaults on the Palestinian prisoners, especially in the West Bank's Ofer detention facility."

In a statement, OIC affirmed it would continue to "stand by the Palestinian prisoners in order to deliver their messages, voices and suffering to the outside world."

"OIC supports the Palestinian inmates' rights for freedom, justice and dignity," the statement read.

The Saudi-based organisation called on the international community to intervene in order "to pressure the occupying power [Israel] to stop these arbitrary measures and acts of oppression against the Palestinian prisoners."

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It stressed that the world's governments must ensure that the Palestinian inmates were treated in accordance with the international humanitarian law.

On Monday, over 100 Palestinian inmates held in the Ofer jail were reported to have been injured due to torture by the detention's administration.

The Palestinian Liberation organisation (PLO)'s official date recently reported that there were around 1,200 Palestinians held in the Ofer facility.

According to Palestinian figures, more than 6,000 Palestinians are currently languishing in Israeli prisons, including 52 women, 270 minors and six lawmakers.

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