Israel allows Gazans to visit jailed relatives

Israeli authorities resumed the visits in September after a four-month ban

Israel allows Gazans to visit jailed relatives

World Bulletin/News Desk

Israeli authorities on Monday allowed 43 Gazans to visit relatives detained at Israel's Eshel Prison, an official with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has said.

"As many as 43 Gazans, including nine children, have headed to Eshel Prison in southern Israel through the Erez crossing [linking Gaza to Israel] to visit 40 prisoners," ICRC officer in Gaza Misada Saif told Anadolu Agency.

Israeli authorities resumed the visits in September after a four-month ban following the kidnap and murder of three West Bank Jewish settlers in June.

The Israeli Prison Service usually allows inmates to receive family visits on Mondays.

Visitation rights are often withdrawn whenever Israel wants to take punitive measures against Palestinian faction Hamas in Gaza, the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, or the Palestinian people in general.

Over 7,000 Palestinians are currently languishing in prisons throughout Israel, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs.

 

Last Mod: 10 Kasım 2014, 12:16
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