The health conditions of 150 Palestinian detainees, on hunger strike in Israeli jails protesting their detention, deteriorated Sunday as they continued their strike for the 25th day, a Palestinian official said.
“Their physical condition worsens every day. Some of them have already been transferred to hospitals,” Essa Qaraqie, Palestine’s minister of prisoners’ affairs
In a letter posted on Facebook, the inmates have stated that they would not give up their hunger strike campaign despite extreme weakness.
Administrative detention is a sort of imprisonment without trial or charge that allows Israel to imprison Palestinians for up to six months. The detention order can, however, be renewed for an indefinite period of time.
Israel has been largely criticised for its administrative detention policies that enable the country to keep Palestinians in prisons without trial using renewable six-month extensions.
On April 24, around 120 Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails went on a hunger strike to protest their indefinite administrative detention.
Some 30 more detainees joined the strike subsequently.
In all, 180 of around 5,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails are being held under administrative detention.