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Israeli prison authorities assault 8 Palestinians in Nafha prison raid

April 2, 2017 2:18 P.M. (Updated: April 3, 2017 6:06 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Israeli prison authorities raided Section 14 in Nafha prison on Sunday night and assaulted eight Palestinian prisoners held there, according to a statement from the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners' Affairs.

The committee said that heavily armed forces "randomly assaulted prisoners," with the intent to cause injury, as a unjustified punitive action against Palestinian political prisoners.

In response to a request for comment a spokesperson for the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) told Ma'an that "IPS prison officers operated a routine search in Section 14 in Nafha prison. Any punitive measures taken were management decisions in response to actual events," she said, without providing further details.

IPS authorities have regularly used raids, punitive solitary confinement, confiscation of personal belongings, and forcible prison transfers to suppress resistance among Palestinian prisoners.

The raid came as Palestinian prisoners from across the political spectrum were gearing up to join a mass hunger strike organized by the Fatah movement on April 17, to achieve a list of demands, including an end to the prohibitions and cuts to family visits, proper medical care, an end to deliberate medical neglect, and an end to isolation and administrative detention.

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