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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Power cut off at Negev prison

RAMALLAH, (PIC)-- The power has been cut off from the tents and cement rooms of the Israeli Negev prison as prisoners battle the heat and gear up for the holy month of Ramadan, Ahrar prisoner studies center has reported.

In a fresh statement, the Ahrar center said the step amounts to ''a new crime aimed at tightening restrictions on prisoners and killing them''.

Prisoners in Negev sent an SOS message to the Ahrar center pleading to be ''saved from programmed death'' by the Israeli prison system and Israeli government, as the heat rises to ''oven'' temperatures.

Separately, Hamas MP Ali Romanein (Jericho) was released from the Negev prison on Sunday after spending the last three months in administrative detention.

He was arrested in May just a few months after he was released after serving a 54 month stretch in Israeli custody. He was one of the Hamas politicians that the Israelis abducted after Hamas gained the majority in the Palestinian Legislative Council in 2006 elections.

Israel continues to detain 20 PLC members from the Hamas party and three of the body's members from other Palestinian political factions.

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