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Israel Prison Service separates Hamas inmates from Fatah ones
The Israel Prison Service on Friday separated Palestinian security prisoners affiliated with Fatah from those linked with Hamas, after receiving intelligence information indicating that factional violence could break out among the prisoners in the wake of the bloody clashes in the Gaza Strip that led to the Hamas takeover there.
This is the first time the prison service has separated prisoners on such short notice, without fighting having preceded the move.
Since Friday morning, some 1,200 Fatah-linked inmates were separated from 800 Hamas-affiliated men in Ketziot Prison, and 900 security prisoners - about half connected with Hamas and half with Fatah - were separated from each other in Ofer Prison.