Security prisoner attacks Red Cross worker

While Red Cross representative visits man at Shikma Prison, prisoner reportedly hits him across the head with a sewage drain cover.

May 3, 2013 01:49
Palestinian prisoners in Israel's Ketziot prison

Palestinian prisoners in Israel's Ketziot prison 311 (R). (photo credit: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters)

A security prisoner jailed on an attempted murder charge attacked a representative of the Red Cross on Thursday while he was paying the man a visit at Shikma Prison in Ashkelon.

While the Red Cross representative was visiting the man in his cell, the prisoner reportedly hit him across the head with a sewage drain cover he had removed from the floor of a prison bathroom, Prisons Service spokesman Sivan Weitzman said.

The Red Cross worker suffered a laceration to the top of his head and was treated at the prison’s clinic, before being taken to a hospital for further evaluation.

The detainee, who is being held until the end of the legal proceedings against him, was arrested earlier this year for attempted murder. He is from the West Bank and is affiliated with Fatah, according to the Prisons Service.

Shortly after the attack, investigators were called to the cell to determine how it took place.

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