IPS denies visits to prisoner in hospital

IPS denies visits to prisoner in hospital.

The Israeli Prison Services (IPS) on Thursday rejected a petition made by the family of Abdulrazzaq Farraj, a hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner, to visit him in hospital.  The petition was rejected almost a month after Farraj stopped eating in protest against his detention without trial.

The Palestinian prisoners’ rights association Addameer filed a request in the name of the family to visit Farraj at Meir Hospital in the Israeli city of Kfar Saba, where he has been held since being recently hospitalized.

Israeli prison officials said they were denying Farraj visitation rights until June 5.

Farraj was put under administrative detention on February 25 for six months.

More than 100 Palestinian administrative detainees launched a hunger strike in late April to protest against their continued detention without trial or charge.

On Friday, special forces of the Israeli Prison Service stormed Ward 3 in Ashkelon prison and subjected Palestinian prisoners to “humiliating” searches and treatment early on Friday morning.

Karim Ajweh, who works for the Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs, said in a statement distributed by the ministry that the prisoners being held in room 13 of Ward 3 in Ashkelon were handcuffed and locked up in the bathrooms.

Some prisoners were strip searched during the raid, which took place at 5:00 a.m. Their clothes and other belongings were also damaged.

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