Palestine bemoans torture of prisoners of war by the Israeli government

By Josephine Mugiyo

The Palestinian government has bemoaned the continued torture of prisoners of war in Israel, who number more than 4000.

According to the country’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe, His Excellency Tamar Almassri, over 200 of the prisoners are children under the age of 16.

Ambassador Almassri denounced the continued torture of the prisoners of war and called on the international community to intervene.

“Israel gives itself right to arrest and kill the prisoners. The collective punishment on the prisoners and their families is uncalled for,” he said.

The ambassador’s remarks come four days after six inmates escaped from Gilboa Prison in northern Israel.

Some Palestinians hailed this escape, the first in 20 years as an act of heroism.

Ambassador Almassri says the re-arrest of the prisoners is an indication that the Israel government continues to disregard the human rights of the Palestinian people.

He says some of the prisoners are being held on mere suspicion without any concrete evidence.

“They prevented the prisoners from taking their medication and even blind folded them. We want the international community to say something to the Israel apartheid government.”

Israel occupied Palestinian territory in 1967 and this has led to continued conflict despite various efforts to resolve the impasse.

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