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Health of hunger striking detainee is deteriorating

Raed Rayan has been on hunger strike for 84 days.

Jerusalem24 – Administrative detainee Raed Rayan continues his open hunger strike for the eighty-fourth consecutive day despite his deteriorating health condition.

The 27-year-old Palestinian from the town of Beit Daqou, northwest of occupied Jerusalem, is protesting his administrative detention by Israeli authorities.

Palestinian administrative detainees are held in Israeli prisons without charge or trial, for periods of up to six months and indefinitely renewable.

Rayan is being held at Al-Ramleh Prison Hospital and is suffering from severe weight loss, lack of fluids, vitamins and proteins, episodes of dizziness, vomiting, and generalized pain. His health is deteriorating over time, according to Hassan Abed Rabbo, spokesman for the Prisoners’ and Ex-Prisoners’ Affairs Authority.

Rayan remained in solitary confinement in Ofer detention center for nearly two months, causing his health situation to worsen.

Israeli forces arrested Rayan on 3 November 2021. He was handed an administrative detention order for six months which was renewed for another four months. He then announced his open hunger strike in protest of this decision.

Israeli authorities reneged last week on a verbal agreement to release Palestinian administrative detainee Khalil Awawdeh after he ended 111 days of hunger strike, according to the Palestinian Prisoner Society.

All administrative detainees currently held in Israeli prisons continue for the 180th consecutive day to boycott proceedings in Israeli courts, demanding an end to the policy of administrative detention.

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