Israeli Prison Guards Assault Popular Front Leader in Crackdown

RAMALLAH, July 28, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli prison guards Tuesday assaulted prisoner Ahmad Saadat, secretary-general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), during a crackdown on Palestinian inmates in the Israeli Nafha prison, according to a Palestinian Authority official.

Issa Qaraqe, Chairman of the Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs, said Israeli prison guards assaulted Saadat who is serving multiple life sentences in Nafha prison in southern Israel.

Qaraqe warned of the persisting crackdown on Nafha prison which started on Monday, saying the situation is heading towards an “explosion” at any moment. He blamed the Israeli authorities for the assault on both Saadat and other Palestinian prisoners at Nafha.

Meanwhile, Qaraqe said that Israel’s prisons’ administration transferred 70 Palestinian prisoners from Rimon prison to Ofer prison near Ramallah.

This came only a day after Israeli prison guards launched a crackdown on Palestinian prisoners in Nafha and Rimon prisons. Hundreds of Israeli guards from the Nahshon, Masada, Dror and Alamaz units of the Israeli Prison Service Monday stormed Palestinian detainees’ cells in Nafha and Rimon, assaulted many of them and moved others to other sections.

The Israeli repression unit of Masada savagely raided section 10 housing Palestinian detainees from the Gaza Strip in Nafha prison, moving all of them to other sections and ransacking the content of the cells.

In return, Palestinian detainees burnt cell number 85 in the old section in Nafha prison, reported the Palestinian Detainees and Ex-detainees Committee.

The Israeli authorities also cancelled family visits for prisoners from the Gaza Strip inside the jail citing “security issues”.

There are around 5,750 Palestinians being held in Israeli jails as of May 2015, according to prisoner rights groups.