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ICRC to cut family visits to Palestinian Arab men in Israeli jails

Family visits to Palestinian men from the West Bank held in Israeli jails are to be reduced from two to one a month

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Family visits to Palestinian men from the West Bank held in Israeli jails are to be reduced from two to one a month from July, the International Committee of the Red Cross confirmed Wednesday.

The ICRC, which has facilitated family visits to Palestinian prisoners for decades, said the measure was being enforced by budget cuts and a need to make efficiency savings in the cost of bussing families to and from prisons in Israel.

It said women prisoners and minors would not be affected by the cuts, while families from Gaza would also be exempt.

Some 200 Palestinians demonstrated against the move outside ICRC headquarters in annexed Arab east Jerusalem on Tuesday.

The Palestinian Prisoners Club called on the ICRC to reverse its decision.