The Israeli security forces are preparing to allow Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails to receive visits from certain members of their families, reported Haaretz newspaper.
Family visits for prisoners jailed for security reasons were put on hold with the start of the current unrest and the imposition of the closure on the territories, said the paper.
Some 1,000 security prisoners are currently incarcerated in Israel at three different jails, according to the paper.
Sources told the daily that “if the situation goes on for much longer, riots will break out in the jails.”
“The complex preparations for the visits involve Israel’s Defense Forces, the Shin Beit security service, the Prisons Service, the police and the International Red Cross,” a source told Haaretz.
The permits to be issued will only allow visits by the prisoners' parents or children up to the age of 10.
According to the regulations of the Israeli Prisons Service, security prisoners are entitled to visits from first-degree relatives: parents, spouses, children and siblings.
Over the past year, these regulations have eased to include grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins, aside from men aged 17-50, said the paper – Albawaba.com
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