The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that Khalil Awawda, 40, and Raed Rayyan, 27, are continuing the hunger strikes they started 94 and 59 days ago, protesting their continued arbitrary Administrative Detention without charges or trial.
The PPS said Awawda, from Ethna town northwest of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, started the hunger strike 94 days earlier and is determined to continue despite his seriously deteriorating health conditions.
The PPS added that, ten days ago, the Israeli authorities transferred Awawda to the infamous Ramla prison clinic that lacks specialists and basic supplies, although just a day earlier, an Israeli court authorized his transfer to a hospital due to the seriousness of his condition.
Awawda suffers from various issues, including sharp pain in the joints, migraine, fatigue, and blurry vision, and is now wheelchair-dependent because he has become unable to walk or even stand.
The PPS said Israel repeatedly transfers Awawda to civilian hospitals for medical tests; however, he is always returned to the prison clinic without any checkups despite his serious condition.
Awawda, a married father of four children, was abducted on December 17th, 2021, and has been held under the Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial. He is also a former political prisoner, abducted and detained several times.
Also, detainee Raed Rayyan, from Beit Doqqo northwest of occupied Jerusalem, continues the strike for the 58th day in a solitary confinement cell in Ofer Israel prison.
He suffers from migraine, constant fatigue, elevated pressure in the eyes, pain in the joints, and repeated vomiting, in addition to needing a wheelchair whenever he has to leave his bed.
On November 3rd, 2021, Rayyan was abducted and was slapped with a six-month Administrative Detention order renewed for four additional months shortly before the first order expired.
It is worth mentioning that more than five hundred Administrative Detainees continue to boycott the Israeli military courts for the 155th day, rejecting their continued illegal detention without charges.
Israel uses the Administrative Detention policy to keep hundreds of detainees held without charges or trial after alleging having “secret files” against the detainees, files that neither the detainees nor their lawyers have access to.
Administrative Detention orders are frequently renewed for three, four, six, or eight months each time, and in some cases, for a year.
One of the detainees, a former political prisoner who died in the year 2018, Ali Awad al-Jammal from Nablus in the northern West Bank, was imprisoned by Israel for ten years, including seven consecutive years under repeatedly renewed Administrative Detention orders.