100 Palestinian prisoners suffer brutal conditions under Israeli detention

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WEST BANK – On Tuesday, the Palestinian Commission for Detainees and Ex-Prisoners' Affairs said that 100 Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli Etzion detention facility are suffering from catastrophic conditions, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.اضافة اعلان

In a press statement, the commission pointed out that the prisoners are subjected to random cell raids, taken out, and searched naked. Whoever objects is beaten. Israeli guards also knock on the doors with sticks at night to prevent the prisoners from sleeping.

The commission also drew attention to the deprivation of prisoners of bathing for more than 15 days.

The Etzion detention center is located in the south of the occupied West Bank, within the Gush Etzion settlement, and is listed among the worst detention centers. The commission added that the facility’s conditions were miserable even before October 7, 2023.

In a statement to Al-Mamlaka TV, Qadura Fares, the head of the Palestinian Commission for Detainees and Ex-Prisoners' Affairs, said that the Etzion detention facility is not a detention facility in the strict sense of the word but rather a camp for the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF).

He pointed out that 20–25 prisoners were detained at most before the war, whereas now it includes larger numbers. Fares added that since the start of the Israeli war on Gaza, the treatment of Palestinian prisoners in the facility has been inhumane and brutal.

“Whoever looks at the nature of the procedures taken against the prisoners, whether beating them, assaulting them, starving them, or confiscating their clothes and blankets, and what results from that of a constant feeling of extreme cold, crowding, and overcrowding inside the rooms and cells—all these things, if we think about them, we find that they will not benefit the occupation army or its security institutions, so one explanation remains, which is revenge, hatred, fascism, and policies adopted by the Israeli occupation government,” Fares stated.

Regarding the matter of a prisoner exchange, Fares pointed out that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the IOF tried to free the Israeli captives in Gaza through military operations, killing, and destruction, but they failed.

“In the end, as is clear, the issue of prisoners will be a mandatory passage, as there is no solution or way out except by sitting at the negotiating table,” he said.

Fares hopes that these efforts will lead to a cessation of the war in Gaza.

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