Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Palestinian prisoners protest death of inmate, 20 injured


BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Twenty Palestinian prisoners were injured on Tuesday after Israeli forces suppressed a protest following the death of inmate Hassan Turabi, who died Tuesday morning at Afula Medical Center.

Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails declared a day of mourning for Turabi and sent back meals provided by the Israeli Prison Service, the PA Ministry of Prisoners said.

Prisoners also refused to take daily breaks in the prison yard.

Israeli prison guards attacked detainees in Megiddo prison who were protesting Turabi's death, injuring at least 20 detainees, the PA Ministry of Prisoners said.

Detainees being held in Nafta jail launched a two-day hunger strike in response to the death, while lawyers who work for the PA Ministry of Prisoners boycotted Israeli courts in protest against Israel's "systematic" medical negligence.

The PLO on Tuesday released a statement calling for an international investigation into the conditions of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. more

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