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6 Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike, protesting administrative detention

July 8, 2019 at 11:55 am

A group of people stage a demonstration in front of the Israel’s West Bank separation wall to show their support to the Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli prions on 22 March 2019 [Wisam Hashlamoun/Anadolu Agency]

Six Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli jails have been on hunger strike for more than three weeks, protesting against their administrative detention, the PLO’s Prisoners and Freed Prisoners Committee said on Saturday.

According to the committee, the Israeli Prison Services moved three of the hunger strikers to solitary confinement – Nidal Abu-Akar, Mustafa Al-Hasanat and Huthayfa Halabiyeh.

They had started their hunger strike in June to protest against their administrative detention.

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The other three hunger strikers include Jaafar Izziddin, 48, from Jenin, a married father of eight who was arrested on 30 January. He has been on hunger for 23 days.

He spent a total of five years in administrative detention inside Israeli jails.

Ihsan Othman, 21, from Ramallah, who was arrested on 12 September 2018, has now been on hunger strike for 23 days.

Ahmad Zahran, 42, from Deir Abu-Mesh’al neighbourhood in the outskirts of occupied Ramallah was arrested in March. He is a married father of four who has spent a total of 15 years in Israeli jails.