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Israel detains bodies of former detainees

Since 2015, Israel has withheld 81 bodies

Jerusalem24 – The Palestinian Prisoner’s Club said that the Israeli authorities continue to detain the bodies of seven prisoners, who have passed away in captivity.

The Prisoner Club added in a press statement, on the occasion of the “National Day to retrieve the bodies of the martyrs”, which falls on the 27th of August of each year, that the falled prisoners are: Anis Dawla from Qalqilya and his body has been held since 1980, and Aziz Owaisat from Jerusalem who passed in 2018, Fares Baroud from Gaza, Nassar Taqatqa from Bethlehem, Bassam Al-Sayeh from Nablus since 2019, Saadi Al-Garabli from Gaza, and Kamal Abu Waer from Jenin since 2020.

The statement also explained that the seven Palestinians are among (226) prisoners who passed away in the prisons from 1967 to 2020, and there are hundreds of prisoners who followed shortly after their release, as a result of diseases and injuries they were afflicted with during the years of their detention.

The Prisoner Club indicated that among the the prisoners 75 of them died as a result of premeditated killings, 7 were detained immediately after being shot, and 71 as a result of  medical negligence.

The statement also said that physical and psychological torture constituted the most prominent systematic policies that caused the death of 73 prisoners over the past decades, and which have escalated again since the end of 2019.

During the past 10 years, 29 prisoners died in Israeli prisons, including four prisoners who died last year.

It is noteworthy that the number of Palestinians, whose bodies have been held by the Israeli authorities since 2015, is 81.

Mohammad Hamayel

Ramallah based journalist, Mohammad graduated from Al-Quds University with a B.A. in Media and Television. He has covered the 2015 Jerusalem Intifada as well as the Great March of Return for international media outlets. currently an editor/presenter at Jerusalem24. A UN alumni and a follower of global events and politics, especially American affairs.

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