Palestine: 6 Prisoners Continue Hunger Strike

Saturday, 19 October, 2019 - 09:30
Ramallah - Asharq Al-Awsat

Palestinian Prisoners Center for Studies confirmed that six Palestinian prisoners, including a female prisoner, are continuing their hunger strike against their continued administrative detention in harsh and dangerous conditions.

The Center held the occupation authorities responsible for the life and safety of the prisoners, noting that one of them was in a critical condition.

It urged international human rights organizations to intervene and pressure the occupation to save the striking prisoners from death.

Center’s spokesman Riad al-Ashkar noted that the oldest striking prisoner, Ahmed Abdel Karim Ghanna, has been on strike for 97 consecutive days.

Ghanna, 42, has been in al-Ramla hospital in serious conditions and has lost about 25 kg. He suffers from heart problems, hypoglycemia, and has severe pains all over his body.

Meanwhile, Islamic Jihad leader Tareq Qaadan, 46, from Jenin, continues his open-ended strike for the 80th consecutive day.

The occupation court renewed his administrative detention and still denies him any medical attention. Qaadan suffers from poor health conditions and lost 18 kg.

Ashkar pointed out that Ismail Ahmed Ali, 30, from Abu Dis town in Jerusalem, has been on hunger strike for 87 consecutive days to protest his administrative detention.

He is a former prisoner who spent seven years in Israeli jails and suffers from weakness in the myocardium, kidney pain, and severe and persistent pain throughout his body. He uses the wheelchair to move around. He lost over 22 kg.

In addition, Musaab Tawfiq al-Hindi, 29, from Tal village in Nablus, has been on hunger strike for 25 days after an administrative order was issued against him.

Ahmed Omar Zahran, 42, from Deir Abu Mashaal village, west of Ramallah, has also been on strike for 21 days.

Zahran, a former prisoner who had spent 15 years in Israeli jails on several arrests, was re-arrested last March following an administrative decision. He went on a hunger strike and ended it after an agreement was reached to release him in October.

However, the occupation did not keep its promise, and re-arrested Zahran, prompting him to go on strike for the second time.

Hiba Ahmed al-Labadi, 24, has been on a hunger strike for 25 days after an administrative arrest order was issued against her.

She has been detained since August during her arrival along with her mother at al-Karama crossing. The Israeli intelligence refused to release her and sustained 5-months of administrative detention against her.

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