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76 Palestinian hunger strikers sent to Israeli hospitals

May 16, 2017 at 10:43 pm

Seventy-six hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners held in the Ofer Israeli prison have been transferred to hospitals due to the deterioration of their health, the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs (CDA) reported today.

A further 36 hunger strikers had already been transferred to the Hadrim field hospital yesterday.

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Around 1,600 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have been on a hunger strike for the past 30 days. The strike began on 17 April which marks Palestinian Prisoners’ Day.


The prisoners’ primary demands include more frequent and lengthy family visits, better detention conditions such as improved medical care, and an end to solitary confinement and administrative detention – detention without charge or trial.

Many international human rights and advocacy groups have mobilised in solidarity with the prisoner movement.