Jerusalem24 – Today, Monday, the Palestinian Prisoners Affairs Commission said that the Israeli Prisons Administration did not respond to the request of the prisoner Maher al-Akhras, who has been on hunger strike for 71 days, to release him and end his administrative detention.
The media advisor to the commission, Hassan Abed Rabbo, confirmed that the Israeli Prisons Administration refused to release the silent prisoner, and adhered to the decision of the Israeli Supreme Court to end his administrative detention, which was rejected by al-Akhras who insisted on his right to be released.
Abed Rabbo warned of the seriousness of al-Akhras’ health condition, who lost more than 20 kilograms of weight, suffers from general fatigue, poor hearing, nervous convulsions, and frequent cases of loss of consciousness. He also called for the necessity to continue efforts at the national and international levels to release al-Akhras and more than 360 administrative prisoners being held in Israeli prisons.
Maher al-Akhras (49 years), married and father of six children, was arrested for the first time in 1989 and sentenced to 9 months in prison, the second time in 2004 and he spent two years, and the third time in 2009, when he was held in administrative detention for 16 months.
He was also arrested by the Israel in 2018, and he spent 11 months in the occupation prisons, then he was arrested again last July, pushing him to start his open hunger strike in protest of his administrative detention.