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Israeli prison authorities raid Nafha prison, assault Palestinian prisoners

April 5, 2017 2:58 P.M. (Updated: April 6, 2017 11:10 P.M.)
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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli Prison Service (IPS) forces on Wednesday raided Cell 93 in Section 14 of Israel’s Nafha prison and assaulted a group of Palestinian prisoners, according to a statement from the Palestinian Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs.

The committee said that Palestinian prisoner Nasser Uweis and a number of unidentified Palestinian prisoners suffered from bruises after the assault.

An IPS spokesperson told Ma'an that IPS officers had "operated a routine search in Section 14 in Nafha prison," and added that "no prisoners were assaulted or bruised."

On Sunday night, IPS authorities raided Section 14 and assaulted eight Palestinian prisoners held there, with the committee saying at the time 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 at the time, an IPS spokesperson 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 raids have come as Palestinian prisoners 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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