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Israel moves 70 Palestinian prisoners to isolation in Nafha Prison

January 10, 2023 at 11:48 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 occupation authorities moved 70 Palestinian prisoners, including senior Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, to isolation in Nafha Prison, Palestinian Authority (PA) Minister Hussein Al-Sheikh said.

“The prisoner leader Marwan Al-Barghouti and 70 other prisoners were moved from cells in Hadarim Prison to isolation in Nafha Prison as part of an organised campaign against the prisoners by so-called Minister of National Security Ben-Gvir,” Al-Sheikh tweeted.

Meanwhile, the Palestine Prisoners’ Club (PPC) said Israeli occupation authorities transferred some 80 Palestinian prisoners, including 40 facing long sentences, from Hadarim Prison in northern Israel to new facilities in Nafha Prison.

This comes less than a week after the Palestinian prisoners’ leadership announced that detainees will start a campaign against the Israel Prison Service (IPS), possibly leading to a mass hunger strike in March, in light of threats and further repressive measures by extremist Member of the Knesset Itamar Ben-Gvir.

According to Addameer, a Palestinian prisoners’ support and human rights group, there are currently 4,700 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention centres, including 150 children and 34 females.

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