Palestinian prisoners in Eshel Prison declare state of alert


Published: 2018-01-15 15:15

Last Updated: 2018-01-15 17:44

Eshel Prison was the first-of-itl-kind built in 1970. (TheTimesOfIsrael)
Eshel Prison was the first-of-itl-kind built in 1970. (TheTimesOfIsrael)
Roya News Source

The Palestinian prisoners of Eshel announced a state of alert inside the prison on Monday, with tensions expected to rise later, according to the Asra Media Office.

Tensions rose after the Israeli military forces broke into Unit 10 of Eshel Prison, in a provocative way and led out all prisoners from their rooms to stand in cold weather outside.

“We are following the prison’s latest updates, and we strongly support our brothers there, considering latest escalations as direct escalations toward Hamas and its prisoners in the prison,” Hamas officials said.

The International Committee of the Red Cross in Palestine announced that prisoners’ families visit times will be delayed to Tuesday instead of Monday.

The prisoners’ families are allowed to visit their relatives in prison once each two months, while tens of Gazans prisoners are banned from their relatives’ visits.

Eshel Prison was launched in 1970 as the first prison in Israel with high capacity of around 900 prisoners.

It consists of 14 different departments, with new three were added for security prisoners.

According to Palestine Today News Agency, there are around 529 Palestinian security prisoners in Eshel, many of them were sentenced long sentences.

Total number of political Palestinian prisoners registered 6,171 by December 2017, Addameer, the Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association.