RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli prison forces stormed a ward in Ashkelon prison and subjected Palestinian prisoners to “humiliating” searches and treatment early on Friday morning, a lawyer said.
Karim Ajweh, who works for the Palestinian ministry of prisoners’ affairs, was quoted in a statement by the ministry as saying that the prisoners being held in room 13 of ward three in Ashkelon were hand-cuffed and locked-up in the bathrooms.
Some prisoners were strip searched during the raid, he added, which took place at 5:00 a.m.
Prisoner Othman Ziadah told the lawyer that the prisoners were then taken to a yard outside and held there for eight hours while officers inspected the room “savagely” for eight hours.
The prisoners’ clothes and other belongings were damaged during the raid, Ziadeh added.
More than 5,000 Palestinian prisoners are currently being held in Israeli prisons, and hundreds are on hunger strike against the detention without charge or trial of nearly 200 of those