Detainee Mojahid Mustafa Qreeny, 25, from Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank city of Jenin, was recently freed after five years in detention at the Shatta Israeli prison. He explained the situation at the facility and the conditions that the detainees have to face on daily basis, especially the detainees who are several from health issues.He stated that he cannot feel the real sense of freedom while thousands of Palestinian detainees are still imprisoned by Israel and facing ongoing violations and collective punishment by the soldiers and the Prison Administration.
He added that Shatta prison has two sections where the Palestinian political detainees are imprisoned, and eight sections for Israeli prisoners held for criminal violations.
There are fifteen rooms in every section, each room is 4 meters wide and eight detainees are placed in it.
The rooms are old, very cold in winter and extremely hot in summer. Bugs, cockroaches and insects are filling the rooms due to old toilets. The detainees are also lacking hot eater for shower.
He also stated that the detainees barely see the sunshine, and are only allowed out of their windowless rooms one hour a day.
Mojahid added that the food is of a bad quality and that the administration refused to allow the detainee to prepare their own food. Most of the detainees are forced to buy their own food from the prison canteen and the food there is always overpriced.
Parents of the detainees are allowed to bring clothes to them only once a year, but they are not allowed to bring any pictures.
Mojahid said that soldiers placed several detainees in solitary confinement without any explanation, and that several detainees were fined in addition to being punished by solitary confinement.
If the detainees who is fined cannot pay the fine, they will remain in solitary confinement until their parents pay the fine.
Also, soldiers repeatedly attack and search the rooms using military dogs, and repeatedly humiliated the detainees while searching them.
Regarding the health conditions of the detainees, Mojahid stated that there are several detainees who suffer from severe illnesses but are denied from their medication rights.
Detainee Othman Abu Khoroj, from Al Zabada town, near Jenin, is repeatedly vomiting and losing weight. He was seen by some physicians who confirmed that he has a virus but the prison administration does not have the needed medication. All what he is receiving right now are painkilling pills.
Meanwhile, detainee Montaser Abu Ghalioun, from the Jenin refugee camp and sentenced to four life-terms, can only see in his right eye as he was injured in his left eye by bullets fragments and is currently needing several surgeries in order to avoid further complications in his left eye but the prison administration is rejecting to allow him undergo the needed surgeries.
Also, detainee Mo’ammar Ghawadra, sentenced to one life-term, was shot and injured in his abdomen and needs surgery but the administration is rejecting to transfer him to hospital.
Detainee Yousef Abu Qandeel, from the Jenin refugee camp, was shot by several life rounds before his arrest and sustained paralysis in his left arm. He needs medical attention but not receiving any.
Detainee Rafat Ghawadra, sentenced to 10 years, is suffering from problems in his stomach and is unable to eat.
The detained mayor of Jenin,, Dr. Hatim Jarrar, is suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure. His health condition is gradually deteriorating.
Detainee Khalil Misbah, from the Jenin refugee camp and sentenced to 20 years, has several health complications and needed ongoing checkups and follow-up.