Detainees say guards delay fast-breaking Ramadan meal
Published Wednesday 01/08/2012 (updated) 02/08/2012 21:35
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Detainees in Israel's Etzion prison say they are forced to fast for 20 hours a day because of delays in serving the fast-breaking meal.
Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset during the holy month of Ramadan.
Israeli prison authorities are not serving the fast-breaking Iftar meal until 11 p.m., prisoners representative Muhammad al-Najjar told a Palestinian Prisoners Society lawyer.
Detainees also complained that they were not given enough food, the society said in a statement.
Al-Najjar said that on Tuesday, prisoners were given two pears and a peach to be divided between five detainees.
He added that prison authorities punished him for complaining about conditions.