Etzion military base (archive image)

Jackline Fararja, a lawyer with the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society, said that several detainees, who are held in Etzion military base, south of Bethlehem, are imprisoned in dirty cells, and are contacting infections and skin rash.

Fararja said that one of the detainees, Mohammad Ayesh Abu Mariya, 19, from Beit Ummar town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, was taken prisoner on August 26th, and developed serious skin rash after being held in a dirty cell, with filthy mattress, sheets and covers.

The detainee told Fararja that the sheets and covers are not only very dirty, but also smell terrible, and are not fit for human use, in addition to the very bad food which they are unable to eat.

He added that he suffers from asthma, which is deteriorating, and was repeatedly beaten, especially on the head, in addition to being insulted by the soldiers.

In addition, detainee Waseem Taha Abu Mariya, 18, also from Beit Ummar, said the soldiers struck him on his head when they abducted him, on August 26th, and continued to beat him up and kick him later.

Fararja stated that Etzion prison is one of the worst detention centers used by the Israeli military, especially since many detainees are held in iron rooms, described by the detainees in summer as “ovens,” and as “fridges” in winter.