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More than 200 prisoners in Israeli jails start hunger strike

Protesters gather in support of hunger striker Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails on May 22, 2017 [Salah Malkawi/Anadolu Agency]
Protesters gather in support of hunger striker Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails on May 22, 2017 [Salah Malkawi/Anadolu Agency]

More than 200 Palestinian prisoners in the Israel’s Rimon prison started an open-ended hunger strike yesterday protesting against cancerous signal jamming devices placed in the facility, Quds Press reported.

According to a statement issued by the PLO’s Prisoners and Freed Prisoners Committee, the hunger strikers are also calling for improving conditions of the female prisoners in Al-Damoun Prison.
The statement stated that the prisoners decided to start their hunger strike following failure talks between the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) and the representatives of the Palestinian prisoners.

In response to the hunger strike, the IPS closed departments one and four in Rimon Prison.

The Committee condemned the Israeli policy of procrastination regarding the pledges made to improve prison conditions, noting that Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons suffer under very bad conditions.

Concluding its statement, the Committee called for supporting the battle of the hunger strikers and exposing Israeli crimes, which violate human rights and international treaties.

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