Nine Palestinian prisoners who are currently in solitary confinement in the Israeli Megiddo prison recently warned to launch a hunger strike in protest of their situation, said the Palestinian Authority’s Prisoners’ Affairs Committee.According to WAFA Palestinian News & Info Agency, the committee stated that the prison’s administration forces the prisoners to meet their families and lawyers with their legs chained, in addition to being forced to solitary imprisonment in very narrow cells.

Last December, about 100 Palestinian political prisoners started an open-ended hunger strike against the practice of solitary confinement, as well as in support of sick prisoners who suffer severe medical negligence by the Israeli Prison Service.

Palestinian prisoners in solitary confinement are held in foul-smelling and firmly sealed cells that even lack the basic humanitarian requirements, where prisoners are forced to stay all the time in their cells with no contact with the outside world, with the exception of prison guards.

Solitary confinement in Israeli prisons has been a frequent motive, besides administrative detention and medical negligence, for launching individual or mass hunger strikes.

The number of sick prisoners detained in Israeli jails has reached 1500, 80 prisoners of whom are suffering from serious health complications and do not receive the necessary treatment; they suffer from malignant diseases, paralysis, and disabilities, in addition to cases of mental illness and neurological disorder.

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