Six Detainees Continue Hunger Strike, On of Them Enters 85th day

07 Oct
12:34 AM

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported, Sunday, that six Palestinian detainees, including one woman, held by Israel under the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial, are ongoing with hunger strikes; one of them started the strike 85 days ago.

The PPS stated that Ahmad Ghannam, 42, from Doura town, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, started the hunger strike 85 days ago, and has been imprisoned since June 18th, 2019.

He is also a former political prisoner, who was imprisoned by Israel for a total of nine years and requires specialized medical treatment due to his weakened immune system resulting from previous treatment for Leukemia.

Ghannam is a married father of two children and was recently slapped with an Administrative Detention order for 2.5 months.

The PPS added that another detainee, identified as Ismael Ali, 30, from Abu Dis town near occupied Jerusalem, started a hunger strike 75 days ago; he was taken prisoner in February of this year and is also a former political prisoner, who was imprisoned by Israel for seven years.

In addition, detainee Tareq Qa’dan, from Jenin governorate in northern West Bank, started the hunger strike 68 days ago; he was frequently abducted and imprisoned, spending a total of 11 years in prison.

Qa’dan, a married father of six children, received his latest Administrative Detention order just days before he was scheduled to be released, after serving a prison sentence for two months following his abduction on February 23rd of this year.

The third detainee, Ahmad Zahran, 42, from Deir Abu Mashal town, near Ramallah in central West Bank, started his strike fifteen days ago. He is a married father of four and was abducted this past March.

Zahran started the strike seven days ago after Israel refused to release him, and slapped him with a new Administrative Detention order, despite an agreement that was reached after he held a 39-day hunger strike earlier this year.

The fourth detainee is Mos’ab al-Hindi, 29, from Tal town near the northern West Bank city of Nablus; he was taken prisoner on September 4th and started the strike seven days ago.

Al-Hindi, a married father of two children, is a former political prisoner who went on a hunger strike for 35 days in the year 2018 and was released on September 9th same year. He was repeatedly imprisoned under Administrative Detention orders, which were renewed for a total of 24 times, over the course of numerous abductions and imprisonment.

The sixth detainee is a Palestinian woman, who is also a Jordanian citizen, identified as Hiba al-Lubbadi, 24, who started the hunger strike on September 24th. She is currently imprisoned at the al-Jalama Israeli detention facility.

She was taken prisoner on the border terminal between Jordan and the occupied West Bank, while heading to Jenin to visit with her family, and was subjected to harsh interrogation for 25 consecutive days, before she was slapped with an Administrative Detention order, and started the hunger strike seven days ago.

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