56 Palestinian women held in Israeli jails including 12 minors

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As the world marks on March 8 International Women’s Day, 56 Palestinian women, 12 of them minors under 18 years of age, are currently held in Israeli jails, Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said on Monday.

The PPS pointed out that two female prisoners are serving time in administrative detention according to which they are held without charge or trial.

Lena Jarbouni, who is the longest serving Palestinian female prisoner in Israeli jails, was arrested in 2002 and is serving a 17-year sentence.

The 56 female prisoners are currently held in HaSharon and Damon prisons suffering harsh treatment and bad incarceration conditions by which they are treated inhumanely and denied access to the most basic rights including heating, winter clothing, medical treatment, and family visits, the PPS noted.

Israel detained 15,000 Palestinian women since its occupation of the West Bank, occupied Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip in 1967.

(Source / 07.03.2017)

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