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October 26, 2002

14 people hurt in riots at Ketziot detention center

Palestinian troublemakers still cause trouble even after being arrested, as prison population grows.
Fourteen people, including two soldiers, were lightly injured after suffering smoke inhalation Thursday night in riots that broke out at the Ketziot detention center in the western Negev.

Ketziot serves as a detention center for Palestinian prisoners before they are handed over to the Prison Service. More than 1,000 Palestinians are currently detained there, most of them under administrative arrest.

Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners set fire to their tents and hurled rocks at the warders. In response, security forces hurled gas and stun grenades at the rioters.

Security sources said that the riots erupted after the warders tried to transfer three prisoners to a jail under the jurisdiction of the Prison Service. One of the prisoners forcibly resisted and incited other detainees to riot