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PA seeks Egyptian support to improve Israeli prison conditions
Published Sunday 02/03/2014 (updated) 04/03/2014 13:26
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority has called on Egypt to support efforts to improve conditions for Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, an official said Sunday.

After meeting in Hebron with the families of hunger striking prisoners, PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Qaraqe said he informed Egyptian officials of "the tragic conditions of prisoners, especially prisoners who are sick or on a hunger strike."

Qaraqe said he briefed the officials on Israel's violations of an Egyptian-sponsored agreement signed in May 2012 to improve living conditions in Israeli jails.

Akram Fseisi, Wahid Abu Maria, Muammar Banat, Aref Harbiyat, Ahmad Abu Ras, Ayman Tbeish and Kifah Hattab are currently on hunger strike in protest against being held in administrative detention without a trial. Hattab is also demanding to be recognized as prisoner of war as a part of his strike.

Some 5,200 Palestinians were being held in Israeli jails as of October 2013, according to the Palestinian Authority's Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs.

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.
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1 ) Mel / USA
02/03/2014 21:18
Improve conditions? LOL! The best improvement is to KNOCK them down! What are you Abbas?POW camp Commandante for Zionism?Prisons all over the colonial world are dump zones for MAINLY INNOCENT non-white civilians that the occupiers DARE NOT directly murder en masse,or ethnically'cleanse'(genocide).Look at US prisons?They're private-corp. refugee camps INC. for non-whites.Israel prisons/detention centers are essentially the same. Refugee/POW camps with walls,for non-Jewish citizens.

2 ) Qasim / Egypt
02/03/2014 23:23
I hope my country will continue to help my brothers & sisters in Palestine, especially those who are rotting away in Zionist jails. All Palestinian prisoners should be recognised as Prisoners of War! Brother Kifah Hattab, I hope you get your wish. May Allah swt ease the path (sahil al tariq) for all of the prisoners and grant you freedom.

3 ) j / usa
03/03/2014 02:11
I wonder how gilad shalit prison condition was. I'm sure PA didn't care about him when he was in captivity. Instead asking israel to release sick prisoners PA wants release long serving prisoners. Again palestinian clowns doing their juggling acts

4 ) Johnny benson / USA
03/03/2014 20:20
Why don't Egypt and Israel exchange prisoners...I am sure that would sit well with the Egyptian ones......but not so well with the palestinians

5 ) shirley / australia
04/03/2014 02:40
how about asking egypt to cleanse its own prisons and stop the war crime bloackade of gaza abss is dirty sneak running to the illegal egyptian gov paid for by US go ask for mb and morsi to be released if you had any honor ands belief in GOD YOU FAKEnew gov minister guilty of torturing 48 innocent egyptian protesters to death egupt is hole under sisi and this illegal gov
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