ICRC 'Family Visits Program' for Gazans reinstated at Nafha prison
Israel has agreed to resume "Family Visits Program" for Gazans at Nafha prison on the condition that prisoners conclude the hunger strike. (File/Photo)
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Dozens of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip visited relatives jailed in Israel on Monday in a visit coordinated by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Around 58 Palestinians, including 13 children, entered Israel via the Erez, or Beit Hanoun, crossing to visit 31 relatives jailed in the Nafha prison.
The ICRC "Family Visits Program" for Gazans was suspended by Israeli authorities in June 2007 when Hamas won Palestinian elections.
All communication between Gazan prisoners and the outside world was effectively cut off, according to prisoners' rights group Addameer.
During a Palestinian prisoners' hunger strike in April 2012, one of the prisoners' key demands was that the program be reinstated.
Israel agreed to resume the visits on the conclusion of the hunger strike, although Addameer has reported that many Gaza prisoners in Israel have not been allowed to receive visitors.
More than 350 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip were being jailed in Israel as of October, according to Addameer.