[Pnews] 3 Palestinian prisoners launch hunger strike

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Fri Aug 21 12:35:56 EDT 2020

Palestinian prisoners launch hunger strike
August 21, 2020

Three Palestinian prisoners imprisoned at Ofer Detention Centre, southwest
of occupied Ramallah, launched an open-ended hunger strike to protest
against their administrative detention, reported *Wafa *news agency.

The Prisoners Affairs Commission announced that Maher Al-Akhras, Mohammad
Wahdan and Musa Zahran, are under administrative detention
a system that allows Israeli authorities to arrest and hold people without
charge for prolonged periods.

Al-Akhras, a 49-year-old father of six children from Silat Ad-Daher town,
south of Jenin, has been on hunger strike for 25 consecutive days.

He is currently in a critical condition, having been diagnosed with
hypertension in 2018, and now suffering from significant weight loss.

Meanwhile, Wahdan, a resident of Rantis village, northwest of Ramallah, has
been on hunger strike for 16 days in a row. He started his strike while he
was in custody in the Israeli detention facility of Huwara, south of
Nablus, before being transferred to Ofer.

Zahran, a resident of Ramallah, has been on hunger-strike for five
consecutive days. Two days after beginning his strike, he was placed in
solitary confinement.

*READ: Israeli courts are like dense forests run by wolves

Thousands of men, as well as women and children, are held indefinitely and
under horrendous conditions in detention centres dotted across the occupied
territories without charge, without the possibility of appeal or knowing
what charges are being levelled against them or even having been accused of
committing a crime.

Last month, a report prepared by rights groups revealed that Israel issued 98
administrative detention orders,
33 new and 65 renewed orders.

The rights groups stated that the number of Palestinian prisoners inside
Israeli jails reached 4,500 by July 2020, including 41 women, 160 children
360 under administrative detention.

The report was issued by the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s Committee
of Prisoners and Freed Prisoners, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, Addameer
Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association and Wadi Hilweh Information

The rights groups called for Israel to release all sick prisoners, as well
as women and children, and requested the International Red Cross to
increase the number of staff on its team in the occupied territories to
assist in the urgent need of the prisoners and their families.

*READ: 500 Palestinian prisoners have been in Israel jails for 15 years
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