[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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