Gaza detainee marks 21 years in Israeli prison

Ma'an News Agency

A Hamas affiliated prisoner from Rafah, southern Gaza, marked 21 years in Israeli custody on Monday, the Supreme National Committee said.

Iyad Ahmad Abu Hasnah, 36, was detained on 15 March 1989 and sentenced to 30 years. He was detained when he was 15 for driving into an Israeli military zone on the border between Gaza and Egypt, the committee said.

Abu Hasnah spent the last five years of his sentence in solitary confinement, the committee said, adding that the Israeli Prison Service had refused to transfer him to a regular cell. The detainee has been banned from receiving family visits for eight consecutive years, the committee added.

His family told the committee that they are afraid for his well being and called on international human rights groups to intervene in the matter.

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