Palestinian Detainees Set Fire to Rooms Following Israeli Jail Raids

Four Palestinian detainees are still on hunger strike in Israeli jails. (Photo: Via Ma'an)

Palestinian prisoners being held in Israel’s Nafta jail set fire to rooms inside the prison after they declared a campaign of non-compliance on Monday in response to cell raids by Israeli prison guards.

The Palestinian Authority Prisoners’ Committee told Ma’an that detainees declared a campaign of disobedience after guards raided prisoners’ rooms and assaulted several detainees.

Israeli guards reportedly raided Ward 10 of the jail and moved all of the prisoners on the wing to another section to carry out inspections.

Prisoners set fire to a number of rooms in the old section of the Nafta jail in response to the crackdown by Israeli prison authorities.

The Israeli authorities retaliated by cancelling family visits for Gazan prisoners inside the jail.

An official at the Palestinian liaison office told Ma’an that the Israeli authorities returned Gazan families via the Erez crossings because of “security issues” inside Nafha jail.

The director of the Hossam Association of Palestinian Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners, Muwaffaq Hmeid, confirmed that families visiting jailed relatives in Nafha jail returned to Gaza.

A spokesperson for the International Committee of the Red Cross, Suheir Zaqqut, said that 81 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip were supposed to visit 43 prisoners in the Nafha jail.

On Sunday, Israeli prison guards in Rimon jail raided Palestinian prisoners’ cells and took nine Palestinian prisoners for interrogation.

There are around 5,750 Palestinians being held in Israeli jails as of May 2015, according to prisoner rights group Addameer.

At least 400 Palestinians are being held without charge or trial under the policy of administrative detention, which dates back to the British Mandate.

(Ma’an – www.maannews.com)

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