Thursday, March 18, 2010

Female detainees moved to cell 'where human beings cannot live'

Gaza – Ma'an – Fifteen female detainees at the Damon detention center in Israel were transferred to a new section that falls well below required standards, the Detainees Support Committee said.

Committee spokesman Riyad Al-Ashqar said the new sector "is a place where human beings cannot live, particularly during the winter. There are no windows, no doors, and electricity wires remain uncovered, which could potentially cause a fatal accident when it rains."

Al-Ashqar added that the cells lack hot water and heaters, with no bathrooms. "The toilets are public and outside the cells. The women have limited and restricted times when they are allowed to use the facilities," he said, describing the kitchen as "poor."

The spokesman further said detainee Wafa' Samir Al-Lubs from the Gaza Strip was permitted to speak to her family over the phone for the first time since her detention, where she congratulated her sister on her recent wedding.

According to the committee, Al-Lubs has been placed in solitary confinement for five months, a move he deemed a "threat to her life."