Gaza,(Alresalah.ps)-- The Palestinian Prisoners Center for Studies (PPCS) said in a recent statement that Israel continues to detain 7,000 Palestinian prisoners under difficult and harsh conditions, and affirmed that the prisoners need all forms of support and solidarity on the Arab and international levels.
Marking the Palestinian Prisoner Day, which falls on 17th April, the PPCS media spokesman, Riad al-Ashqar, said in a press statement that the Israeli occupation army has escalated its arrest campaigns against Palestinians since the eruption of the Jerusalem Intifada in October 2015 and opened new penitentiaries and sections in Negev, Ofer, and Damon prisons to accommodate the large number of prisoners.
Ashkar pointed out that there are 300 children among the Palestinian prisoners in addition to 58 female prisoners in Hasharon and Damon prisons including 15 minors, two administrative detainees and 18 mothers. 13 of the female prisoners are wounded, 10 of them are sick and do not receive proper treatment while 4 of them are ex-prisoners who were rearrested by the Israeli occupation forces.
Ashkar affirmed that the Israeli occupation forces escalated at the beginning of 2017 the arrest campaigns against the Palestinian MPs raising the number of those kidnapped to 13, eight of whom are held under administrative detention.
Ashkar touched on the deteriorating conditions of the sick prisoners as the medical negligence practiced against them continues. The number of the sick prisoners amounted to 1,200, which represents 17% of the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. 21 prisoners have cancer, 34 suffer from various psychological and physical disorders while 19 stay at Ramla prison hospital permanently due to their serious injuries and diseases.
He stated that the number of the prisoners who died in Israeli jails has increased to 210.
The Palestinian prisoners are subjected to countless violations amid an Israeli disregard for the international conventions related to prisoners. The Israel Prison Service still practices the solitary confinement policy against the prisoners and carries out arbitrary searches late at night which are usually accompanied by beatings, insults, and confiscation of personal objects. This is in addition to medical negligence, denial of visits and other methods of torture.
The PPCS called on the international community to shoulder its legal and moral responsibilities and pressure Israel to stop its ongoing crimes against the Palestinian prisoners.