Rayyan Continues Strike For 95th Day, Awawda Resumes Strike

Palestinian political prisoner Raed Rayyan, 27, held by Israel under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges, is continuing the hunger strike for the 95th day, while detainee Khalil Awawda, 40, resumed his strike a week ago after Israel reneged on an understanding for his release.

The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee said Rayyan, from Beit Duqqu, northwest of occupied Jerusalem, remains determined to continue the strike despite seriously deteriorating health, in addition to a deficiency in minerals and proteins, dizziness, inability to stand, and general fatigue in addition to excessive pain.

The Committee added that Israeli refuses to transfer Rayyan to a civilian hospital where physicians and specialists can observe him.

The Committee also said that Khalil Awawda, 40, from Ethna town west of Hebron, resumed his strike a week earlier, Saturday, after the Israeli authorities reneged on a verbal agreement to release him before he ended the strike that lasted for 111 days.

The Detainees’ Committee said Awawda was supposed to be released by the end of last month; however, he was slapped with a new four-month Administrative Detention order without charges and decided to relaunch the hunger strike.

Israel is holding captive 640 Palestinians under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial; they are among at least 4600 detainees imprisoned by Israel.

It is worth mentioning that Administrative Detainees in Israeli prisons continue to boycott the Israeli military courts for the 189th day, demanding to be released or at least face charges.

Israel issued more than 54.000 Administrative Detention orders since it occupied the rest of Palestine in 1967.

When Israel slaps a detainee with an Administrative Detention order and continuously renews the orders for many months, it claims to have “secret files” that neither the detainees nor their lawyers can access.

Administrative Detention orders are usually renewed for three, four, six, or eight months at a time, and sometimes one year.

(Source / 10.07.2022)

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