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Prisoners complain of poor living conditions in Israeli jail
Published Sunday 16/02/2014 (updated) 17/02/2014 10:56
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian prisoners have complained of poor conditions in Israel's Nafha prison, citing insect and rat infestations, a lawyer from the Palestinian Prisoners' Society has said.

Several prisoners being held at Ward 3 of Nafha prison were quoted in a statement as saying that the ward falls short of basic health standards, and is infested with with insects and rats.

The statement reported that one prisoner was recently bitten in the ear by a rat.

The Israeli Prison Service usually only holds prisoners in Ward 3 for an interim period until they are moved to other wards. But 80 Palestinian prisoners were moved from Rimon prison to Ward 3 of Nafha prison on Jan. 31, a step which prisoners considered provocative, the statement said.

Ward 3 is very densely populated, as ten prisoners are currently being kept in each room. The floors are damaged and wastewater floods into the rooms, according to the statement.

In addition, beds where prisoners sleep are full of moths as a result of the high levels of humidity.

5,200 Palestinians were being held in Israeli jails as of Oct. 2013, according to the Palestinian Authority's Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs. Another 1,280 are in Israeli prisons for being inside Israel without permits.

Since 1967, more than 650,000 Palestinians have been detained by Israel, representing 20 percent of the total population and 40 percent of all males in the occupied territories.

Under international law, it is illegal to transfer prisoners outside of the occupied territory in which they are detained, and the families of Palestinian prisoners' face many obstacles in obtaining permits to see their imprisoned relatives.
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1 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
16/02/2014 18:55
I say stop using my tax money to pay for their university degrees and use the funds to clean their cells.

2 ) Arnold / Canada
16/02/2014 23:23
You Palestinians are always saying that Jews are descendants of apes and rats. Well they are there to keep you company so as not to get lonely. Play with and talk to them.

3 ) Abdullah / KSA
16/02/2014 23:41
More inhumane treatment & degrading punishment by Isreal, on the Palestinian prisoners. Rats are very large in the ME, sorry for the person who got bitten in the ear by one. He won't have much of an ear left after that. Zionist cruelty knows no bounds.

4 ) Antoinette / Germany
17/02/2014 01:29
I say take away their blankets, and send the blankets to the poor refugees in Syria, who have no more rats to eat and no shelter.

5 ) Carson / Canada
17/02/2014 02:38
Don't do the crime if you can't do the time, terrorist scum !
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