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Palestinian administrative detainee resumes hunger strike

Jerusalem24 – Administrative detainee Khalil Awawdeh has resumed his hunger strike in protest of his detention without charge or trial in Israeli prison.

Awawdeh had been on hunger for 111 days when he suspended his strike last week based on a verbal agreement with Israeli authorities to release him at the issue of his current detention order.

According to the Palestinian Prisoner Society, Israeli authorities reneged on that deal two days later.

Awawdeh’s father Mohammad Awawdeh confirmed in an interview with Palestine Today that his son had informed prison authorities he was resuming his hunger strike on Saturday.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society told Jerusalem24 that a court hearing would be held on 12 July to confirm whether Awawdeh’s detention will be renewed.

Awawdeh was detained by Israeli authorities on 27 December 2021 and placed in administrative detention. Administrative detainees are held without charge or trial on the basis of secret evidence neither they nor their lawyers are allowed to see, for periods of up to six months and indefinitely renewable.

Administrative detainee Raed Rayan is also currently on hunger strike for 90 consecutive days.

There are currently 648 Palestinian administrative detainees held in Israeli prisons, according to Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association.

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