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Women's Prison in Gaza Swells With 'Moral' Criminals

Many of the increasingly numerous prisoners in Gaza's only all-female jail have been convicted of "moral" crimes.
A Palestinian woman sits at Saraya prison that had been used by Israeli security services to keep Palestinian prisoners during Israel's occupation of Gaza Strip April 14, 2013. Murals of famous leaders of Palestinian militant groups who were once held in the prison decorated walls at the site, along with a leather banner listing the names of 12 detainees who died in what locals dubbed "the slaughterhouse". Picture taken April 14, 2013. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTXYNPC

At Gaza’s only all-female prison located in the central city, dozens of detained women from across the coastal enclave remain under intense security, irrespective of the crime.

Al-Monitor gained access to this high-security, one-story facility with the permission of the Hamas-run Ministry of Interior, on condition that the correspondent be accompanied by a guard, names of prisoners are not published and that the final report was reviewed by the ministry before publishing.

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