Israeli prison guard tower (archive image)

The Israeli Prison Authority placed four Palestinian detainees in solitary confinement, under harsh detention conditions.

The Ramallah-based Palestinian Detainees Committee explained in a statement, issued Monday, that over the past ten days, the Israeli administration at the Ramon detention center, has been confining Hatem Alqawasma, Osama Es’ied, Ibrahim Abdul-Hai, and Omar Khurwat, in solitary confinement.

The statement added that the four detainees are members of the Fateh Movement of the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, and added that detainee Khurwat, 49, from the southern West Bank city of Hebron, was dragged by the soldiers who then threw him in a solitary confinement cell at the Majedo detention center.

It further noted that Khurwat is currently experiencing harsh conditions, including very bad treatment whenever he is moved for medical checks, inside the detention center itself.

According to the statement, the Israeli authorities are holdingĀ  Qawasma and Esaied in Gilboa’ detention center, while Abdelhai was transferred to the Hadarim detention facility.

Israeli detention authorities have been imposing strict measures against Palestinian detainees.

Such measures are described by relevant Palestinian and international bodies, which defend detainees’ rights, as punitive actions that are prohibited by international law.

Currently, Israel is hold captive approximately 5,000 Palestinian detainees, including 7 elected legislators, 43 women, and 180 children. (Children under the age of 18, 26 of them are under the age of 16.)

Among the detainees are 70 who are from historic Palestine, 312 from East Jerusalem, 296 from the Gaza Strip.
Also, 430 detainees are held under Administrative Detention orders.
26 detainees have been imprisoned since before the Oslo Agreement of 1993, 497 are serving sentences of above 20 years, 26 serving sentences of above 25 years, and 541 serving life terms.