Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Israel moves two life-term prisoners to Nafha isolation cells

Gaza – Ma’an – Israeli prison administration transferred two Palestinians in the Hedraim facility to the Nafha Desert Prison where they are being held in isolation cells, a Hamas committee announced on Thursday.

Jihad Yaghmour from Jerusalem and Muhammad Dakhan from the An-Nuseirat Refugee Camp in Gaza had already been in isolation for three months prior to the move, the committee charged with monitoring detainees said.

The committee said Jihad was born in Jerusalem in 1967, studied engineering in Turkey and was detained on 13 October 1994. He was detained for his alleged role in abduction of Israeli soldier Nachshon Vaksman, who was killed during an Israeli rescue attempt along with one other soldier.

Jihad has developed lung problems and eye infections during his time in solitary confinement and has not received treatment, according to Hamas officials.

Muhammad was detained on 14 April 1993 and is serving a life sentence. He has already been transferred from several Israeli prisons.