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Police investigating claim terror inmate sexually assaulted Israeli prison guard

Illustrative: A police officer keeps watch from an observation tower at the Gilboa Prison in northern Israel on September 6, 2021. (JALAA MAREY / AFP)
Illustrative: A police officer keeps watch from an observation tower at the Gilboa Prison in northern Israel on September 6, 2021. (JALAA MAREY / AFP)

Police say that they are investigating a claim that a Palestinian terror inmate carried out a serious sexual assault on a female guard at the Gilboa Prison.

Police lift a gag order on the case, but still bar publication of details that could identify either the victim or the assailant.

The investigation comes after state prosecutors ordered police to reopen an investigation into claims that a prison officer “pimped” female guards at Gilboa Prison to Palestinian terror inmates several years ago to keep the prisoners happy.

Earlier this month, Public Security Minister Omer Barlev approved firing the officer, Rani Basha.

Female soldiers first alleged in 2018 that they were forced into close contact with prisoners as sexual bargaining chips, leading to them being harassed and assaulted, but the case was closed due to a lack of evidence.

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