PPS: “More Than 300 Detainees Are Holding Hunger Strikes”

04 Aug
3:08 PM

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported, Thursday, that more than 300 Palestinian political prisoners, held in Israeli prisons and detention centers, demanding an end to the escalating violation against them.

In a statement, the PPS said 285 detainees, held in Eshil and Nafha prisons, initiated an open-ended hunger strike demanding the Israeli Prison Authority to stop the violations and assaults against them.

Some of the violations are daily invasions and searches of their rooms, punitive transfers, bad conditions and repeated assaults against them and their visiting families.

It added that detainee Bilal Kayed is ongoing with his strike for the 51st consecutive day, protesting his arbitrary Administrative Detention, especially since Israel slapped an Administrative Detention order on him immediately after he served his prison sentence of 15.5 years.

40 detainees, members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) are also striking in solidarity with Kayed.

The PPS also said that five detainees are holding hungers strikes protesting their illegal Administrative Detention; they have been identified as Mahmoud al-Balboul, who started his strike on July 4th, his brother Mohammad, who started his strike on July 7th, Malek Qadi and Ayyad al-Hreimi, who started their strike on July 15th, and journalist Omar Nazzal, who launched his strike today.

In addition, four detainees, who are serving life-terms, also initiated a hunger strike protesting a decision by the International Red Cross to reduce visits to only once a month.

The decision was made on July 18th; the detainees are Ahmad Barghouthi, Mahmoud Sarahna, Ziad al-Bazzaz and Amin Kamil.

Another detainee, identified as Waleed Mallouh Masalma is ongoing with the hunger strike he started on July 18th, demanding to be removed from solitary confinement. He has been held in solidarity for the tenth consecutive month.

 

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