Palestinian prisoners set fire to a cell in Israel’s Nafha prison in the Negev region of southern Israel on Tuesday morning after wardens of the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) stormed the prisoners’ cells and assaulted prisoners.
Head of the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Qaraqe told Ma’an that “prisoners announced a state of alert and set fire inside a room at Nafha prison” after Messada officers, the “takeover” unit of the IPS, reportedly stormed Section 2 of the prison and assaulted prisoners.
An IPS spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.
Earlier this month, IPS forces raided Section 4 of the prison and injured several prisoners, “beating them violently and firing tear gas,” according to Qaraqe, who spoke to Ma’an at the time of the incident.
Qaraqe condemned the raid and described it as “vindictive and savage,” adding that IPS used pepper spray on Palestinian prisoners.