The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) released a statement, on Wednesday, that a Palestinian detainee, Muhannad Al-Azzeh, began a hunger strike in support of Khalil Abu Aram, another detainee who recently initiated a hunger strike.

Detained since 2010 and held at Gilboa prison, Muhannad Al-Azzeh, 44, from Bethlehem, started an open-ended hunger strike in solidarity with Abu Aram, held at Israel’s Ashkelon prison.

Abu Aram was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2002, he began his hunger strike four days ago, with the aim of being allowed to see his son, Ahmed, whom he has not seen in years, and who is being held under administrative detention in the Negev Prison.

The PPS said, on Monday, that Abu Aram’s decision to strike was in response to the Israel Prison Service’s delay in allowing him to meet his son Ahmad, imprisoned since September of 2019.

The prison administration has not yet responded to the demands of Abu Aram, a father of five.

Palestinian detainee Khalil Abu Aram / copyright – The Palestinian Information Center