[Pnews] Ashkelon Palestinian prisoners suspend hunger strike
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Mon Jun 17 10:30:08 EDT 2019
Ashkelon prisoners suspend hunger strike
June 17, 2019
On Sunday, 16 June, 45 Palestinian prisoners in Ashkelon prison
– as well as Nasser Abu Hmaid, the prisoners’ representative who had
been transferred away – launched a hunger strike in protest of a series
of repressive actions, conditions and invasion at the hands of Israeli
occupation forces. They launched the strike after months of demanding
changes, but after a few hours, the prisoners announced that the strike
had been suspended as the Israeli occupation prison administration had
agreed to several key issues.
The Palestinian Prisoners’ Societysaid that the prison administration
<http://alasra.ps/ar//index.php?act=post&id=33969> had responded
positively “in principle” to the demands to end night invasions by armed
Israeli occupation guards, opening a kitchen room in the section,
lifting fines, following up on the treatment of sick prisoners and
returning Abu Hmaid to Ashkelon before 1 July.
On Monday morning, 17 June, repressive attacks on Palestinian prisoners
<http://maannews.net/Content.aspx?id=986794> by Israeli forces
continued, this time at Ramon prison. Repressive forces closed the
sections, ransacked the prisoners’ rooms and confiscated their
belongings; Palestinian prisoners’ organizations reported that tension
and unrest has risen inside the prison.
Palestinian women prisoners in Damon prison
have announced their demands and a plan to launch a collective hunger
strike on 1 July; among other issues, the women prisoners are demanding
the removal of intrusive security cameras, extended recreation and
exercise time, opening of a library, classroom and kitchen, the return
of confiscated books and improved conditions for visiting family members.
*Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network congratulates the
Palestinian prisoners in Ashkelon prison on their achievements and urges
all supporters of justice in Palestine to give their full support to the
struggle of the Palestinian women prisoners.*
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