- September 9, 2008
Gaza female prisoners in Israeli jails appeal for allowing family visits
Prisoner Fatema Al-Zak told the Palestinian prisoner”s club lawyer that she was psychologically depressed because of inability to see her offspring and relatives. She asked the lawyer to appeal for her case.
She said that her child Yousef could not see his father, brothers and relatives ever since his birth in captivity. The 8-month-old Yousef is the youngest prisoner.
Two other prisoners, Wafa Al-Bis and Rawda Habib, also from the Gaza Strip, voiced similar appeals during the meeting with the same lawyer.
In another context, Ahmed Al-Kurd, the minister of labor and social affairs in the PA caretaker government, said that 150,000 Palestinian families in the Gaza Strip were living below the poverty line and were in need of aid.
He asked the Arab and Islamic countries along with freedom lovers in the world to assist one and a half million Palestinians living in the impoverished Strip.
The minister in a TV interview on Sunday noted that the number of the poor families in the Strip soared from 50,000 to 150,000 families within the two years of siege.