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213 Palestinians died in Israeli prisons since 1967

UN chief Antonio Guterres urged to launch special committee to probe Palestinian deaths in Israeli prisons

22.02.2018
213 Palestinians died in Israeli prisons since 1967

By Eser Canli

RAMALLAH

More than 200 Palestinians have lost their lives in Israeli prisons since 1967 as a result of torture, lack of medical care and gunshot wounds, Palestinian human rights organizations announced on Thursday.

In a joint statement, Palestinian Prisoners’ Association, Prisoners of Conscience and Human Rights Protection Organization said 213 Palestinians have lost their lives in the Israeli prisons since 1967.

Among them seven were shot, 72 others were tortured to death and 59 lost their lives due to lack of medical care.

The statement highlighted the fact that Palestinians in Israeli prisoners were being subjected to "inhumane" treatments, including physical and psychological torture.

Some 60 percent of the prisoners have suffered "brutal physical assaults".

The statement also urged the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, to launch a special committee to probe Palestinian deaths in Israeli prisons.

According to Palestinian statistics, some 6,400 Palestinians are currently being held in Israeli prisons, including roughly 500 in administrative detention.


*Ali Murat Alhas contributed to this story from Ankara.

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