Monday, 26 August 2013

Gaza families visit relatives jailed in Israel


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A group of 94 Gaza residents visited their relatives in Israel's Nafta prison on Monday, the International Committee for the Red Cross said.

ICRC spokesman Nasser al-Najjar told Ma'an that 94 family members, including 22 children, left Gaza via the Beit Hanoun, or Erez, crossing to visit 48 jailed relatives in Israel.

Israel banned visits to all prisoners from Gaza in 2007 to pressure Hamas to release Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was freed in October 2011.

Prison visits were reinstated after a mass hunger strike in Israeli jails. more

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