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Family visits stopped under pretext of Passover
Family visits stopped under pretext of Passover
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Gaza, ALRAY - Israeli occupation forces stopped family visits for two weeks under the pretext of the Jewish holidays (Passover), the International Committee for the Red Cross(ICRC) announced Sunday evening.

Spokesperson of the (ICRC) told ALRAY the Palestinian families have the right to visit their relatives in the Israeli prisons under the international law and conventions.

The Israeli occupation imposes restrictions on the detainees’ families including banning the entry of food and books to prisoners.

The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) put barriers between the prisoners and their relatives during the visits to prevent them from contacting directly.

It is noteworthy that family visits stopped and then resumed after the prisoners had launched an open-ended hunger strike lasted for 28 days in 2012 which led to signing al-Karama agreement between the Palestinian prisoners and the IPS under the Egyptian auspices.

At the end of December 2013, 4,768 Palestinian security detainees and prisoners were held in Israeli prisons, 317 of them from the Gaza Strip. An additional 1,284 Palestinians were held in Israel Prison Service facilities for being in Israel illegally, 20 of them from the Gaza Strip.

Since 1967, when (Israel) occupied the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, more than 650,000 Palestinians have been detained by Israel. This represents approximately 20% of the total population in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), and 40% of all males.

Despite prohibition by international law, Israel detains Palestinians in prisons throughout Israel, far from their families, who almost never obtain the necessary permits to leave the Occupied Palestinian Territories to visit them.