Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Israeli wardens assault PFLP leader in ongoing prison crackdown

The Israeli Prison Service on Tuesday morning assaulted the head of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine amid an ongoing crackdown on Palestinian detainees inside Nafha prison, a Palestinian minister said.

Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Qaraqe said in a statement that the Israeli Prison Service assaulted Ahmed Saadat, PFLP's secretary-general, who is serving multiple life sentences in Nafha prison in the Negev in southern Israel.

Qaraqe blamed the Israeli government for the assault on both Saadat and on other Palestinian prisoners at Nafha.

He said that Israeli wardens use all means of aggression against Palestinian detainees including torture, beatings, and humiliation.

Qaraqe demanded that Israel stop that the "craziness," warning that the situation in Israeli prisons could "explode" at any moment.

He pointed to the fact that after the assault on Saadat, prisoners affiliated to PFLP said they would not fail to take action.

The situation in Nafha prison deteriorated sharply on Tuesday after the Israeli Prison Service raided prisoners' cells inside the jail and assaulted a number of detainees. more