Palestinians riot in Israeli jail

Palestinian prisoners rioted at a jail in southern Israel on Thursday, prompting police to move in firing tear gas, Israeli prison authorities said.

    Palestinians are demanding the release of relatives

    The Prisons Service said in a statement the prisoners resisted at Shikma prison in the Mediterranean city of Ashkelon after guards tried to search a cell following the discovery of a sketched map of the jail on a prisoner.

    Palestinian officials confirmed the riot began after a search and said it was not connected with Palestinian demands for Israel to free prisoners in efforts to boost US-led peace moves.

    "They are rioting and police have been called to assist," a police spokesman said. 

    Riot sparked by hidden map

    Witnesses said dozens of police cars and ambulances were parked outside the prison, but it was not immediately clear if there were any casualties or whether the situation was back under control.


    The prisoners began banging on their doors and threw sharp objects and burning papers."

    -Israeli Prison Service statement


    "Following the discovery of a slip of paper hidden on a security prisoner from Shikma prison, with a sketch of Shikma prison on it, it was decided to search his cells as well as the cells of other inmates in the prison," the Prison Service said.

    "The prisoners vigorously resisted the entry of guards... The prisoners began banging on their doors and threw sharp objects and burning papers."

    Palestinian demands for Israel to free all Palestinian prisoners are key to the US-led peace efforts after 34 months of Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israel has freed some prisoners but the Palestinians say all 6,000 must be released.


     

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    The Coming War on China

    The Coming War on China

    Journalist John Pilger on how the world's greatest military power, the US, may well be on the road to war with China.