Hunger Striking Detainee Moved To Hospital Due To Serious Deterioration

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has confirmed that a hunger-striking detainee was moved from the Ramla prison to the Assaf Harofeh Israeli Medical Center after suffering a serious health setback.

The PPS said Khalil Awawda, 40, from Ethna town, west of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, began the hunger strike 64 days earlier, protesting his continued arbitrary Administrative Detention without charges or trial.

The detainee is demanding an end to his arbitrary detention; however, there is no indication that the Prison Authority is willing to listen to his demands seriously.

The PPS said that Awawda suffers constant pain, 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 17, 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.

In related news, Ra’ed Rayyan, 27, from Beit Duqqu northwest of occupied Jerusalem, is ongoing with the hunger strike he started 28 days earlier, also protesting his continued Administrative Detention.

Rayyan, abducted on November 3, 2021, is held in solitary confinement at Ofer prison; he is also a former political prisoner who was held for 21 months under the arbitrary Administrative Detention order and was abducted again shortly after his release before being slapped with a six-month administrative detention order and then for four additional months before he declared the strike.

(Source / 04.05.2022)

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