Israel to Crack Down on Hamas Prisoners' Contact With Gaza Leadership

New move comes as government steps up effort to toughen conditions of Palestinian security prisoners.

Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich announced Wednesday that Israel intends on restricting the ability of Hamas prisoners in Israeli jails to communicate with Hamas activists in other jails as well as the Hamas leadership outside the prison.

Israel Prison Service will soon be purchasing devices meant to disrupt cell phone to tower frequencies and install them in Israel's security prisons. The devices will toughen the Hamas prisoners' ability to use smuggled cell phones to coordinate plans with the Hamas leadership and other Hamas prisoners in different jails.

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Moreover, the move is expected to harm the prisoners' quality of life by making it harder for them to communicate with their families and friends residing outside the prison. Likud
MK Danny Dannon, who was the one to submit the query to the public security minister, said in response, "This move is not enough. We must stop the celebrations in Israeli jails."

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced earlier this week that Israel intends on toughening the conditions of Hamas prisoners. He said he will put an end to their ability to enroll in university classes, among other restrictions.