Wednesday, April 22, 2009

IOA intensifies repressive measures against Palestinian female captives

[ 21/04/2009 - 08:45 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)-- The PA ministry of prisoners and ex-prisoners' affairs in Gaza has asserted Tuesday that the Israeli repressive measures against the Palestinian female captives in Israeli jails had increased noticeably recently.

In a press release he issued in this regard, and a copy of which was obtained by the PIC, Riyadh Al-Ashkar, the ministry's information officer, pointed out that the IOA had denied the female captives their right to see their families.

He also added that tens of Palestinian families, mostly elderly women, heading to see their sons and daughters in Israeli jails, were stopped at IOF troops' check points and ordered to return home immediately, denying them the chance to see their loved ones.

Moreover, the IOA denied the female captives their right to read as it sharply reduced the number of books for the captives after it denied them watching Al-Jazeera satellite TV channel.

The PA official also accused the IOA and the IPA of deliberately hiding letters sent to the prisoners from their families, unveiling that the three female captives from Gaza Strip were badly affected by this inhuman policy.

"One of the captives was denied permission to see her dying mother, who died only days after the captive's application was rejected," Ashkar pointed out, adding that captives were also denied enough water to manage their daily life necessities.

According to Palestinian records, around 68 female Palestinian captives were still incarcerated behind Israeli jail bars in very miserable conditions.