Seven Detainees Continue Hunger Strike

06 Jul
8:37 PM

The Palestinian Prisoners Center for Studies has reported that the number of detainees, held under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges of trial, and are holding hunger strikes in Israeli prisons is now seven, after six other detainees suspended their strike upon reaching agreements with the Israeli Prison Service.

Researcher and spokesperson of the Palestinian Prisoners Center for Studies, Riyad al-Ashqar, has reported that Jaā€™far Ibrahim Ezzeddin, 48, from the northern West Bank city of Jenin, is ongoing with the hunger strike since June 16th.

He added that Ezzeddin spent a total of 5 years in Israeli prisons, mainly under Administrative Detention orders, and his most recent abduction was on January 30th, 2019.

Al-Ashqar also said that detainee Ihsan Mahmoud Othman, 21, from Ramallah in central West Bank, was abducted on September 13th, 2018, before being slapped with an Administrative Detention order for six months, and the order was renewed for additional six months.

The third detainee in Ahmad Omar Zahran, 25, from Deir Abu Mashal village, near Ramallah, started the hunger strike on June 26th after his Administrative Detention orders were renewed twice.

In addition, three detainees, held in the Negev Detention Camp, have started the hunger strike on July 3rd, also protesting their arbitrary Administrative Detention orders.

The first detainee is Mohammad Nidal Abu ā€˜Aker, 22, from Bethlehem; he was abducted on November 11th, 2018, and was slapped with an Administrative Detention order which was renewed twice.

The second detainee is Mustafa al-Hasanat from Bethlehem; he is a former political prisoner who was abducted on June 5th, 2018 and was slapped with an Administrative Detention order for six months, and the order was renewed three times.

The third detainee is Hotheifa Bader Khalifa, 33, from Abu Dis town, east of occupied Jerusalem; he is a former political prisoner who was abducted on May 18, 2018 and placed under Administrative Detention orders, which were renewed twice.

Furthermore, detainee Fadi Yousef al-Hroub, from Hebron, started his strike last Monday after he received an Administrative Detention order instantly after his 14-month prison sentence was concluded.

The detainees are facing various health complications, including dizziness, fatigue, sharp migraines, in addition to pain in their joins, and can barely speak.

In addition, six detainees have suspended their hunger strike, after reaching agreement with the Israeli authorities.

Five of them are from Hebron governorate; they went on hunger strike for eleven days, before an agreement was reached to release them after one renewal of their Administrative Detention order.

Mahmoud al-Fasfous, 28, and his brother Kayed al-Fasfous, 30, in addition to Ghadanfar Abu ā€˜Adwan, 26, will be released on November 30th, after their Administrative Detention orders expire.

Abdul-Aziz Sweity, 30, will be released on September 14th, while detainee Saed Nammoura, 27, will be released on December 1st, 2019.

Another detainee, identified as Hasan Mohammad Zaghari, 23, from Bethlehem, has suspended the hunger strike which lasted for two days, after promises were made to hold a hearing attended by his representative.

He went on hunger strike after his Administrative Detention orders were renewed twice, after he served a prison sentence of six months.

Zaghari was taken prisoner on June 1st, 2018, after he was kidnapped by undercover Israeli soldiers who infiltrated into Beit Jala city, near Bethlehem. He is also a former political prisoner who spent four years in Israeli prisons.

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