Two Detainees Continue Hunger Strike Protesting Administrative Detention

Two Palestinian detainees, held by Israeli under the arbitrary Administrative Detention order without charges or trial, are continuing the hunger strikes protesting their imprisonment.

On Friday, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said that Khalil Awawda, 40, from Ithna town, west of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, started the hunger strike fifty days earlier.

The PPS added that Raed Rayyan, 27, from Beit Doqqu village north of occupied Jerusalem, started the strike sixteen days earlier.

A few days ago, Awawda was transferred from solitary confinement in Ofer prison to the infamous Ramla prison clinic, which lacks physicians and basic supplies.

He suffers constant fatigue, migraine, pain in the joints, respiratory issues, arrhythmia, frequent vomiting, and serious weight loss.

Awawda, a married father of four children, was abducted on December 17th, 2021, and has been held under the Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial. He is also a former political prisoner, abducted and detained several times.

The PPS added that Rayyan, held in Ofer prison, was abducted on November 3rd, 2021, and was slapped with a six-month Administrative Detention order renewed for four additional months shortly before the first order expired.

He started the hunger strike immediately after receiving the second Administrative Detention order.

Palestinian detainees, held under Administrative Detention orders, face constant uncertainty about if and when they will be released, especially since hundreds of detainees spent years under the constantly renewed orders.

When the occupation authorities hold the Palestinians under these orders, they claim to obtain “confidential information about a possible threat,” however, neither the detainees nor their lawyers have access to this alleged information or secret files.

(Source / 23.04.2022)

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