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A Prison Raid for the Sake of the Likud Primary Election

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The Israel Prison Service and the Israel Police last week raided a few wings in the Ofer, Nafha and Gilboa prisons where Palestinian security prisoners and detainees are held. The raid resulted from an intelligence tip that inmates were in possession of cellphones. Police and prison service SWAT teams, equipped with gas masks, batons, rifles, pepper spray and accompanied by attack dogs, sprayed inmates with tear gas.

Following the raid, clashes broke out and three prison guards were injured. According to the prison service, six inmates were injured; Palestinian sources said over 100 were hurt. In the wake of the events, inmates at Ofer Prison launched a hunger strike.

There are conflicting accounts of the events. According to the prison service, inmates resisted immediately and attacked. According to inmates, the raid was........

© Haaretz