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Israeli forces storm Ramon prison, move Palestinian prisoners between sections

Aug. 15, 2017 10:16 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 15, 2017 5:27 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli Prison Service (IPS) forces stormed Section 2 of Ramon prison, located in the southern Israeli Negev desert, transferring Palestinian prisoners in the section to another area of the prison on Tuesday morning.

The Palestinian Prisoner's Society (PPS) said in a statement that special takeover units of the IPS “violently” stormed the section and moved all prisoners from Section 2 to Section 1.

No further details were given.

An IPS spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

The Palestinian Committee of Prisoner’s Affairs reported a similar raid last week, saying special IPS units, in addition to members of an Israeli border police unit, stormed Section 1 of the prison and “brutally” attacked Palestinian prisoners.

An IPS spokesperson told Ma’an at the time that they could "confirm that there has been a routine search in the Ramon prison."

Israeli authorities currently hold 6,128 Palestinians in Israeli prisons, according to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, including 450 without charge or trial.

The group has reported that 40 percent of the Palestinian male population has been detained by Israeli forces at some point in their lives.

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