Nafha detainees on hunger strike

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – Detainees at Israel’s Nafha prison began a hunger strike on Friday, protesting what representatives said were inhumane practices by prison authorities.

Attorney Buthayna Duqmaq with the Mandella Association told Ma’an that during a visit to the prison facility she had spoken with several detainees angered over a series of night raids on inmates cells.

The raids, Duqmaq explained, involved intensive searches going through and in many cases destroying the property of the men in the targeted cells. Detainees said they were told that the prison guards had been instructed to look for mobile phones, and added that the raids came quickly, targeting cells far away from each other.

Letters were also confiscated during the raids, Duqmaq added.

The detainees announced a hunger strike pending the cessation of what was termed a provocation by Israeli prison guards.

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