IPS lets 2 prisoners out of solitary confinement

May 10, 2012 16:47


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The Israel Prisons Service (IPS) on Thursday agreed to permit two prisoners to leave solitary confinement and be returned to the general prisoner population, Israel Radio reported.

The new decision takes place against the backdrop of an almost month-old prisoner hunger strike by approximately 1600 Palestinian prisoners protesting against certain conditions in Israeli jails.

Prisoner representatives have been requesting the cancelling of the solitary confinement of seven prisoners. Following the IPS's first move cancelling a decision to place a prisoner in solitary confinement, the prisoners made an additional push for their full request to be granted.

The IPS refused, responding that it will review all prisoner requests to leave solitary confinement on a case by case basis.

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