Prisoner visits canceled due to clashes in Israeli jail
Published Wednesday 11/12/2013 (updated) 12/12/2013 21:45
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Family visits for Palestinian detainees in Israel's Megiddo jail were canceled on Wednesday after clashes broke out between prisoners and Israeli prison guards.
Relatives of prisoners told Ma'an that their visits were canceled due to the clashes, with witnesses saying that Israeli guards fired tear gas into prison courtyards.
Israeli media reported that detainees began throwing objects at guards and set a laundry room on fire in protest against the transfer of two inmates from a wing of the jail.
Three detainees were injured during the clashes.
Palestinian detainee Arafat Jaradat died in Megiddo jail in February after being allegedly tortured during an interrogation by Israeli forces.
There are around 5,000 Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails.
The transfer of detainees to jails within an occupying power's territory is illegal under international law.