Monday, 8 June 2015

Gaza families visit relatives jailed in Israel


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Forty-eight Palestinians from the Gaza Strip crossed into Israel Monday morning via the Erez crossing to visit relatives jailed in Israel’s Eshel prison.

The International Committee of the Red Cross in Gaza City said in a statement that they are expected to visit 36 prisoners, adding that there were no children among the visitors.

The ICRC "Family Visits Program" for Gazans was suspended by Israeli authorities in June 2007 when Hamas came to power in the coastal enclave.

All communication between Gazan prisoners and the outside world was effectively cut off, prisoners' rights group Addameer reported, and during a Palestinian prisoners' hunger strike in April 2012, one of the prisoners' key demands was that the program be reinstated. more

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