[Pnews] Two Palestinian prisoners continue hunger strike for 37 days

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Wed May 8 11:32:58 EDT 2019

  Two Palestinian prisoners continue hunger strike for 37 days

May 8, 2019 - http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=783396

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinian prisoners held in administrative 
detention in Israeli prisons completed 37 days of open hunger strike and 
are confirmed to continue, as a form of protest against their detention, 
said the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS), on Wednesday.

PPS confirmed that Odeh Haroub, 32, a father of ten children, from Deir 
Samet village, southwest of the southern occupied West Bank district of 
Hebron, and Hasan Awawi, 35, a father of three, also from the Hebron 
district, have been on a hunger strike for 37 days demanding an end to 
their administrative detention.

PPS added that Haroub was detained in December 2018, while Awawi was 
detained in January 2019.

PPS said the Israel Prison Service (IPS) attempted to break Haroub and 
Awawi’s hunger strike by moving them from one prison to another, in hope 
of causing fatigue and deterioration in their health.

IPS last moved the two Palestinian prisoners to another prison on Tuesday.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, there are 5,450 
Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli prisons, of whom 497 are in 
administrative detention, and 48 female prisoners, and 205 minors, 32 of 
whom under 16 years old.

In addition, a report by Israeli NGO B'Tselem, which was based on the 
Israeli Prison Service statistics, read that over the last year, 29 
Palestinians were taken into administrative detention every month, on 
average, and 37 were released.

The report added that in the past decade, the number of detainees held 
by Israel in a single month never fell below 150.

Rights groups say that Israel's administrative detention policy has been 
used as an attempt to disrupt Palestinian political processes, 
particularly targeting Palestinian activists, journalists, and politicians.
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