[Pnews] 10 Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike against repressive guards as tension escalates in Megiddo, Gilboa and Eshel prisons
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10 Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike against repressive guards as
tension escalates in Megiddo, Gilboa and Eshel prisons
January 17, 201
10 Palestinian prisoners are on hunger strike inside the Israeli Megiddo
prison, escalating their protest against overcrowding, denial of
personal belongings, electricity cuts, and raids within the prison.
The 10 prisoners were transferred to isolation after they refused their
meals, forcibly taken by guards who invaded their cells, beating some of
the prisoners. Palestinian prisoners’ clothes and blankets have been
confiscated, their rooms repeatedly ransacked by guards engaging in
“inspections,” and electricity was cut to an entire section of the prison.
There are 97 child prisoners in section 3 of Megiddo prison, all under
16 years of age.
A state of high tension also prevails in Gilboa prison, reported the
Handala Center for Prisoners and Freed Prisoners <http://handala.ps>h,
where there are daily raids and inspections of prisoners’ cells and
increased restrictions imposed on Palestinian prisoners’ belongings and
The Handala Center also reported an increasing state of tension in Eshel
prison, where prisoners have repeatedly been subject to violent and
repressive inspection raids by prison guards, particularly the “Matsada”
special units. Family members visiting prisoners in Eshel have undergone
humiliating and extensive personal searches, and 15 prisoners were
transferred from Eshel to isolation at Ohli Kedar prison. Handala Center
reported that prisoners have declared that they will rise up to confront
further violent and repressive raids on their cells.
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