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Israeli forces raid Ramon prison, transfer out 120 Fatah-affiliated Palestinians

Aug. 20, 2017 4:14 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 20, 2017 5:07 P.M.)
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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israel Prison Service (IPS) forces raided a section of Israel's Ramon prison, located in the southern Negev desert, on Sunday morning, and transferred over a hundred Palestinian prisoners to other prisons, according to the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs.

The committee released a statement on Sunday saying that IPS forces raided Section 6 of the prison and transferred out 120 prisoners, all affiliated with the Fatah movement.

An IPS spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

Sunday’s raid was the third raid in Ramon prison this month, with sources describing the two previous raids as “brutal” and “violent.”

IPS authorities regularly use raids, punitive solitary confinement, confiscation of personal belongings, and forcible prison transfers to suppress Palestinian prisoners, whose numbers inside Israeli prisons reached 6,128 as of July, according to prisoners’ rights group Addameer.

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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