The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported, Monday, that the administration in Gilboa’ Israeli prison prevented 35 hunger striking detainees from meeting their lawyers, as a form of illegal collective punishment.

The detainees are striking in solidarity with detainee Bilal Kayed who launched a hunger strike 55 days ago protesting being held under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders, without charges, after he served a prison sentence of 14.5 years.

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The PPS stated that the Prison Authority claimed that the detainees cannot stand due to their strike, and are too weak to be moving around.

Several detainees filed appeals with the Israeli courts protesting being denied family visits, and visits with their lawyers, while some of them have been transferred to Shatta prison, where they are also held in solitary confinement.