Ashqar: IOA deliberately serves rotten food to prisoners

[ 12/07/2011 – 04:26 PM ]


GAZA, (PIC)– The prisoners ministry in Gaza held the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) and prison service fully responsible for the lives of the 1500 Palestinian prisoners in the Negev desert prison after 25 of them were the victims of food poisoning.

Riyadh Al-Ashqar, the ministry’s spokesman, said in a statement on Tuesday that the prisoners almost wholly depend on the prison canteen to provide them with their needs of food and other necessities.

He said that the prison administration exploits the prisoners’ dependence on the canteen to double prices and to serve bad and sometimes rotten food to them, which was what happened in the Negev jail on Monday.

The affected prisoners felt stomachache then suffered diarrhea and vomiting, which are all symptoms of food poisoning and were carried to the prison clinic but their condition remained unknown for the rest of the prisoners, Ashqar said.

He charged that what happened was a deliberate crime and a part of the series of tightening measures against the prisoners as demanded by Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu.

The spokesman urged human rights groups to pressure the occupation to halt crimes against prisoners and to bind the IOA with international doctrines regarding prisoners


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