Occupied territories. Transfer of prisoners on hunger strike in Ashkelon prison to an unknown destination


A Palestinian Committee, confirmed this morning, transporting prisoners on hunger strike in Ashkelon prison to an unknown destination.

For its part, the International Committee of the Red Cross, on Thursday, the Israeli occupation authorities to undertake full responsibility under international humanitarian law, with respect to communication between detainees in Israel and their families, stressing that communication between detainees and their families for “Israel” under international humanitarian law.

He said the ICRC’s head of delegation in Israel and the occupied territories Jacques de Mayo, in a press release: “we should improve communication between detainees and their families, not to impose further restrictions,” Noting “systematic” suspension of family visits for prisoners who entered on a hunger strike, stopped issuing permits for their families.

He added: “this price families pay situation.” In General, holding “Israel, Palestinians inside their territory, not inside the occupied territories according to the requirement of the Act concerning the conditions of occupation. And because of that, the possibility to connect family members with relatives of detainees; they must obtain special permits and travel long distances to see their loved ones, endure inspection and waiting hours when passing through barriers or in places of detention.

“De:” facilitate the ICRC, since 1968, family visits to Palestinian prisoners held in Israel. Let us be clear here, this is first and foremost the responsibility of the State of Israel as the occupying power. “

According to the Palestinian agency Wafa the ICRC visits detainees in Israeli prisons, including the hunger strikers. Delegates seeking to ensure continuing detainees with their families through Red Cross messages, oral communications, the family visit programme conducted by the International Committee of the Red Cross.