Friday, 23 May 2014

Contaminated water lands striking detainees in hospital

The Palestine Detainees Study Center quoted lawyer Rami al-Alamy stating that the Prison Administration at the Be’er As-Sabe’ (Beersheba) Israeli Prison had to move all hunger striking Palestinian detainees to the Soroka Medical Center due to contaminated water.

Amina Tawil, media spokeswoman of the Center, stated that a doctor at the hospital said the detainees drank contaminated water that directly affected them, especially due to their ongoing hunger strike.

She added that the Israeli Prison Authority refused to provide the detainees the detainees with distilled bottled water, as a punishment for continuing their strike demanding an end to their illegitimate Administrative Detention, without charges or trial.

Tawil said that detainees were given contaminated water, with high concentration of salt, an issue that landed them in hospital.

The detainees said they would stop drinking water should the Prison Authority deny their legitimate demands, and affirmed their strike continues despite their illness, weakness and the significant weight loss. more

Gaza merchants protest near Erez crossing

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza Strip merchants on Thursday morning demonstrated in front of the Erez crossing in protest against new Israeli restrictions that have severely limited the number allowed to cross into Israel on a daily basis, witnesses told Ma'an.

A protester at the crossing near Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip told Ma'an that although around 1,000 Gazan merchants have permits to travel to Israel, recently Israel has been allowing no more than a few to cross on a daily basis.

"We collectively decided to abstain from entering in protest against the reduction," the protester said, noting that many were not being allowed through even though they have valid permits.

The group refused to go through the crossing on Thursday morning in order to highlight the new Israeli restrictions on their movement.

According to B'Tselem, a limited number of Gazan merchants are permitted into Israel and the West Bank via Erez. more