Over 5,000 Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons have launched a hunger strike in solidarity with another group of Palestinian detainees who have been on hunger strike for nearly a month.
The Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs said in a Wednesday statement that 5,200 prisoners would engage in the solidarity strike on Thursday in a bid to pressure the Israeli regime to comply with the demands of the 100 Palestinian detainees who have been on hunger strike for 28 days to protest their “administrative detention.”
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.
The statement by the Palestinian ministry warned that thousands of prisoners would announce an open hunger strike next week, and would make new demands if the Israeli regime did not comply with the demands of the group of 100 administrative detainees, Ma’an News Agency reported.
According to the report, 40 more Palestinian detainees held in the Israeli Negev prison of Ktziot began an open hunger strike on Wednesday joining the administrative prisoners.
More than 120 Palestinian prisoners, including the two jailed leaders, went on a single-day hunger strike on Wednesday in support of the group of administrative detainees who have been refusing meals for nearly a month.
Palestinian prisoner human rights organization Addameer estimates that around 183 Palestinians are currently being held in administrative detention.
Over 800,000 Palestinians have been detained since 1967, with 5,224 currently being held in Israeli prisons, according to the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO).
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