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 Prisoner’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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