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Israel moves hunger striking Palestinian prisoner to hospital

Palestinians in Gaza stage a protest in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails on 17 November 2021 [Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency]
Palestinians in Gaza stage a protest in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails on 17 November 2021 [Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian prisoner Louay Al-Ashkar was moved to the Ramle prison hospital yesterday after his health took a turn for the worse as he continued his hunger strike for 47 days.

The Prisoners Information Office confirmed that Al-Ashkar was transferred from Al-Jalama prison to the Ramle prison hospital.

He is one of two prisoners who remain on strike. Hisham Abu Hawash is now on the 101st day of his hunger strike against his administrative detention – imprisonment without charge or trial.

Family sources affirmed that Abu Hawash's hearing was postponed once again for five days.

Earlier on Monday, two Palestinian prisoners suspended the hunger strikes they launched months ago against Israel's policy of administrative detention.

Kayed Fasfous, 34, ended his 131-day-long strike after reaching a deal with Israeli prison authorities to free him on 14 December.

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Ayyad Al-Harimi, 28, also stopped his 61-day hunger strike after Israel agreed to release him in March 2021 at the end of his current detention period.

Last week, Miqdad Al-Qawasmeh and Alaa Al-Arej also suspended their months-long hunger strike after Israeli authorities agreed to end their administrative detention.

Administrative detention is a policy that allows Israel to hold Palestinians for months and even years without charge or trial, in total violation of the prisoners' right to due process.

Israel currently holds 4,650 Palestinians, including 34 women, 160 children, and 500 administrative detainees.

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