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News, January 2011
Unxiety About Palestinian Political Prisoners in Egypt
Palestinian detainee in Egyptian jail arrives in Gaza
[ 30/01/2011 - 10:04 AM ]
Hassan Yousuf Wishah returned to his home in Bureij refugee camp, in central Gaza Strip, at dawn Sunday after three years of imprisonment in Egyptian jails.
He said on arrival that all Palestinian detainees in Abu Za'abal jail had gone out of it.
The ex-detainee added that many Egyptian political prisoners were killed in the same jail when Egyptian security personnel fired at them.
Wishah, who was serving a ten-year sentence in Egyptian jails, said that he experienced harsh torture rounds and suffered a lot during his three years of incarceration.
Protests endanger Palestinians held by Egypt
[ 29/01/2011 - 03:55 PM ]
As tensions rise high across Egypt, relatives of Palestinians held in Egyptian jails are expressing increasing concern.
The Abu Za'abal prison, where a number of Palestinian political prisoners are being detained, has become a focus of danger.
Fire has erupted in warehouses neighboring the Cairo prison, said Emad al-Sayyid, the spokesman of the society of families of prisoners in Egyptian jails.
The Egyptian army and prison guards have also clashed with prisoners, killing eight and injuring several others, he told Quds Press.
Sayyid, who is brother to one of the prisoners there, has called on protesters and the army to free Palestinians detained by Egypt for political reasons.
Egypt holds about 25 of them. Courts have ruled for the release of some, but prisons have yet to implement.
Border Authority: Rafah Crossing will remain closed Sunday
[ 30/01/2011 - 10:11 AM ]
The Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt will not open to travelers on Sunday, border authorities say.
"The border authority contacted Egyptian officials who said the Rafah border crossing will not open Sunday," said Palestinian border authority chief Ghazi Hammad. The closure is expected to last for days, he added.
Hammad is calling on Egyptian authorities to open the crossing, saying its closure will be very harmful to travelers, especially those with medical referrals.
Traveler movement ran naturally on Wednesday and Thursday, he said. 500 travelers had flowed out of the Gaza Strip against about 200 arrivals.
Egypt had reopened the Rafah Crossing to specific categories of Palestinians on June 1, 2010, after a full three-year closure in wake of Israel's attack on the Freedom Flotilla.
It is closed Fridays and Saturdays as days off for workers there.
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