Six Palestinian Detainees Continue Hunger Strike, 273 Join

The Palestinian Detainees Committee has reported that six detainees, held by Israel under the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial, are ongoing with the hunger strike, including one who started the strike 99 days ago and another who and is facing serious complications. 273 detainees, including three women, have also joined the strike.

The Committee stated that detainee Kayed al-Fasfous started the hunger strike 99 days ago, and is in a serious medical condition, but ongoing with the strike demanding his freedom.

It added that detained Miqdad al-Qawasma started the hunger strike 92 days ago and remains in a serious condition at the Intensive Care Unit of Kaplan Israeli medical center.

The Committee also said that, on Wednesday, Israeli physicians tried to force-feed al-Qawasma in an attempt to end his strike.

Despite all pressures and attempts to force him to end his strike, and despite his seriously deteriorating medical condition, al-Qawasma remains determined to continue his strike, rejecting his arbitrary Administrative Detention without charges or trial.

The media advisor of the Detainees Committee, Hasan Abed-Rabbo, warned that the hunger-striking detainees are facing serious complications, and could face sudden setbacks that could cause irreversible damage to their brains and nervous systems, or even lead to their death.

Abed-Rabbo added that three female detainees, held by Israeli in the Damoun Prison, have also joined the strike in solidarity with the hunger-striking administrative detainees.

Abed-Rabbo identified them as Mona Qa’dan from Jenin, Amal Taqatqa from Bethlehem, and Shatila Abu Eyada from Kar Qasim.

It is worth noting that detainee Miqdad al-Qawasma continues the hunger strike for the 92nd consecutive day, Ala’ al-A’raj, 75 days, Hisham Abu Hawwash, 66 days, Shadi Abu Aker, 58 days, and Ayyad al-Hreimi, 29 days; they all are also held under Administrative Detention orders.

Furthermore,  270 detainees, members of the Islamic Jihad Movement, and are held in several Israeli prisons, have started a hunger strike nine days ago, protesting the escalating Israeli violations.

In related news, the Committee said that the detainees in Huwwara military base, near Nablus, are facing difficult living conditions and subject to abuse.

It added that one of its lawyers, Anan Khader, visited the sixteen detainees held in Huwwara, and they informed him that they have not been able to shower for at least two weeks because there isn’t hot water, and also complained that they are given dirty and smelly blankets, in addition to not being given clothes.

The lawyer added that one of the detainees, Yousef Affana, has infections in the gums and under his tongue, but was not seen by any physician.

The detainees voiced an urgent appeal to legal and human rights groups, mainly the International Committee of the Red Cross, to end the Israeli violations, and to hold Israel accountable.

They also called on the Red Cross and various human rights organizations to visit the Israeli prisons and observe the serious violations against them.

(Source / 21.10.2021)

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