The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee has reported, Monday, that Israeli soldiers prevented twelve Palestinian families, from the West Bank district of Bethlehem, from heading to prisons to visit with their detained family members, and tore their permits.

The Committee stated that the soldiers stopped the families at military roadblocks, and tore their permits, before forcing them back.

The Committee added that such violations have been seriously escalating and that a number of families filed complaints with the Israeli Prison Authority, especially since they already obtained permits from Israel.

“Many families have complained about such violations, some reached prisons but were not allowed to visit with their detained loved ones,” the PPS said, “Such violations are illegal acts of collective punishment, and are meant to punish the detainees and their families.”

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The Committee also called on the International Red Cross to intervene, as it is the only side authorized to organize family visits, and to act on stopping the Israeli violations.

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