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76 Palestinian hunger strikers sent to Israeli hospitals

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.

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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.

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