60 Palestinian detainees on hunger strike to protest solitary confinement

6 months ago

Some 60 Palestinian detainees started on Thursday an open-ended hunger strike talks with the Israeli prison administration failed to release three prisoners held in solitary confinement in Israeli jails.

Hassan Abed-Rabbu, a spokesman for the Commission of the Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs, said that the detainees had gone on the hunger strike to protest the Israeli prison service’s decision to continue holding Palestinian detainees Wael al-Jaghoub, Hatem Qawasmi and Omar Khurwat in solitary confinement.

Two days ago, nearly 30 other Palestinian detainees began an open-ended hunger strike in solidarity with the administrative detainee Maher al-Akhras, who has been on a hunger strike for 81 days in a row to protest against his administrative detention in Israeli prisons.   

These steps come as part of a national program that will go one in the new few weeks, with more detainees expected to join the strike, Abed-Rabbu added.