38-year-old Palestinian detainee Mohammad Idrees Rashdan, from the village of Einabus, near Nablus, has launched an open-ended hunger strike after being denied family visits by Israeli authorities, the Palestinian Prisonerâ€™s Society (PPS) reported Thursday.PPS said, according to WAFA, that Rashdah has not seen any member of his family for six years due to security pretences, and is currentlyserving a 22-year prison sentence. So far, Rashdan served has 15 years.
Since early May, former Palestinian hunger striker and prisoner Khader Adnan started an open-ended hunger strike, in protest of administrative detention without charge or trial. He was transferred to solitary confinement by the Israeli prison administration, as a punitive measure.
Under administrative detention, Israel detains Palestinians without a direct charge and holds them in jail for indefinite and renewable periods.
Palestinian detainees have continuously resorted to open-ended hunger strikes as a way to protest their illegal administrative detention and to demand an end to this policy which violates international law.
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