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Female Palestinian prisoners tortured, harassed by Israeli guards

February 3, 2023 at 11:32 am

Demonstrators holding photos of Palestinian female prisoners held in Israeli prisons, gather for a solidarity demonstration in front of the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) building in Gaza City, Gaza on January 12, 2023. [Ali Jadallah – Anadolu Agency]

Female palestinian prisoners being held by Israel in the Damon Prison have recently been sprayed with tear gas and pepper spray, while some have been tortured or placed in isolation as a result of their protests against the treatment they are receiving at the hands of prison authorities.

On Monday, prison officers raided some of the women’s cells, while cutting off the electricity supply to the unit. Prisoners refused to leave the unit during the search so the guards dragged them out, causing some of their hijabs – headscarves – to fall off their heads.

The prison was placed on a state of ‘high alert’ after authorities claimed they received “specific warnings” concerning the intention of some prisoners to carry out operations against the repressive measures carried out in the occupation’s prisons.

The attack against female prisoners led to the Palestinian Captive Movement declaring a rebellion in all prisons and detention centres until the situation of the female prisoners is checked and any new penalties imposed on them are lifted.

On Monday, 120 prisoners in Ktzi’ot Prison announced an open hunger strike in protest against their continued isolation.

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