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Israeli forces raid Ashkelon prison, destroy prisoners' personal belongings

July 3, 2018 3:32 P.M. (Updated: July 20, 2018 2:46 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian prisoners in the Ashkelon prison in central Israel confirmed that Israeli suppression forces stormed section 3 of the prison conducting "unjustified repressive inspections", on predawn Monday.

Nasser Abu Hmeid, prisoner at the Ashkelon prison, told the Palestinian Prisoners' Affairs Committee lawyer, Kareem Ajwa, that the Israeli suppression forces stormed section 3 heavily armed, searched the section after handcuffing and evacuating prisoners of the section to the yard.

Abu Hmeid added that the search went on for several hours without any reason as to why it is being conducted.

He pointed out that Israeli suppression forces deliberately destroyed the prisoners’ personal belongings and threw them out in the yard.

In a related context, Ajwa reported the worsening health condition of a Palestinian prisoner held in Ashkelon, Riad al-Umour, 48, who has been imprisoned since 2002, suffers from many health problems; al-Umour has been waiting for years for the installation of a heart regulator.

Ajwa confirmed that al-Umour takes 12 medications pills daily due to the health problems he suffers from and that are not being medically treated.

Al-Umour was sentenced to 11 lifetime sentences after he was detained on May 7th, 2002 after years of being wanted by Israel.

Israeli suppression forces have regularly used overnight raids, confiscation of personal belongings, and forcible prison transfers to suppress resistance among Palestinian prisoners.

A small fraction of Palestinians detained by Israel are held inside the occupied West Bank territory, while the vast majority are transferred to prisons inside Israel, limiting their access to their families, legal support, and communities, and also stripping detainees of their basic rights under the Fourth Geneva Convention.

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