Rightwing Israeli Minister Ben-Gvir Leads Cell Raid at Gilboa Prison

Itamar Ben-Gvir visits the Nafha prison. (Photo: Ben-Gvir TW Page)

Amid a number of punitive measures imposed on Palestinian prisoners, Israeli far-right minister Itamar Ben-Gvir led a military raid at the Gilboa Prison on Tuesday.

Israel’s far-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir led a military raid at the Gilboa Prison on Tuesday, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

During the raid at the high-security prisons, Israeli occupation forces used sound bombs against Palestinian prisoners and thoroughly searched all cells.

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According to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS), the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) has been intensifying its aggressive attacks against Palestinian detainees, with raids on cells and mass transfers between prisons.

Tuesday’s raid was the third in a week, following the recent operation in Section 5 of Raymond Prison and a significant transfer of prisoners. The PPS pointed out that the main targets of such raids have been Palestinian detainees serving long sentences.

A number of punitive measures have been imposed on Palestinian prisoners by the IPS since the start of this year.

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They include the arbitrary movement of prisoners from one prison to another; the deprivation of adequate bathroom time; the denial of family visits, and other abuses.

Israel holds around 5,200 Palestinian prisoners, including 38 women and 170 children.

More than 1,250 prisoners are held under administrative detention, with neither charge nor trial.

At least 700 prisoners suffer from various health issues, including 24 with cancer.


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