Palestinian Authority to Pay Full Salaries to More than 900 Prisoners

The Committee of Freed Prisoners in Gaza hold a protest demanding their salaries to be restored. (Photo: Fawzi Mahmoud, The Palestine Chronicle)

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas has signed an order to pay the full salaries to more than 900 prisoners and former prisoners, Head of the Prisoners and Ex-prisoners Affairs Authority Qadri Abu Bakr announced yesterday.

On the PA’s recent proposal to establish a private bank for the families of prisoners and martyrs, Abu Bakr confirmed that the move was “unlikely to happen due to Israeli threats and restrictions with obtaining the bank license. The PA is tirelessly looking for alternative options.”

“As a result of the current economic and political situation, the Palestinian government was able to pay only 50 percent of the prisoners’ wages,” the official noted.

Around 5,000 Palestinians, including numerous women and children, are currently detained in Israeli prisons.

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