Hamas Prisoner Lightly Wounds Israeli Jailer in Stabbing

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Ofer Prison, in the West Bank, January 22, 2019.
Ofer Prison, in the West Bank, January 22, 2019.Credit: Olivier Fitoussi
Josh Breiner

A Palestinian prisoner stabbed and lightly wounded a warden in the neck in Ofer Prison in the West Bank on Monday, the Israel Prison Service said.

Sources said the prisoner – who is accused of membership in an illegal organization, participation in an unauthorized assembly and incitement – is associated with Hamas, as is the ward where the attack took place. 

Other wardens overcame the attacker, and the wounded warden was treated at the scene then taken to hospital for further tests.

Clashes between prisoners and jailers erupted two weeks ago at the same prison in addition to two other lockups, in protest against searches by wardens in cellblocks. Three wardens were injured in clashes and 17 Ofer inmates were hospitalized. Palestinians said that 140 prisoners were hurt in the incident, mostly from tear gas, but the prison service refused to provide any details about any other inmates requiring medical treatment.

In searches done in the three prisons, weapons, cell phones, sim cards and illegal written material were found in the possession of prisoners.

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