World Bulletin/News Desk
Israeli authorities on Sunday cancelled out family visits – scheduled for Monday morning – to Palestinian prisoners at the southern Nafha jail.
The authorities notified the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which coordinates the visits of the relatives of the Palestinian prisoners, that the relatives of the prisoners would not be able to visit them on Monday, an ICRC spokesperson said.
"About 75 residents of the Gaza Strip were scheduled to visit 64 prisoners in the jail," Soheir Zaqout told The Anadolu Agency.
It added that Israeli authorities had failed to mention the reason for cancelling out the family visits to the prisoners.
Israel's Channel 10, meanwhile, reported that the Israeli army had decided not to allow the families of the prisoners to cross into Israel from the Gaza Strip through Erez Crossing – between the Gaza Strip and Israel – following demonstrations on Sunday by scores of Palestinians in the vicinity of the crossing.
The Israeli army said in a separate statement that a Palestinian was injured when a group of Palestinians sought to approach the fence of the crossing.
Palestinian Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qodra said three Palestinians were wounded by Israeli gunfire near Erez Crossing northern the Gaza Strip.
Israeli troops had opened their gunfire on Palestinians participating in a march organized by some Palestinian and Islamist factions against the Israeli blockade on Gaza, which has been in place since 2007, eyewitnesses said.
There are around 5,000 Palestinians in Israeli jails, including 500 from the Gaza Strip, according to Palestinian official figures.
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