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7 prisoners continue their open hunger strike in the occupation prisons

Jerusalem24 –  The number of prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli prisons increased to seven, after Mohammed Al-Ardah entered the strike yesterday, in protest against his harsh isolation conditions, and the penalties imposed on him by the administration of Ashkelon Prison since he was transferred there 6 days ago.

The prisoner, Muhammad Al-Ardah, was re-arrested with five others, after their escape from the high-security facility of Gilboa Prison at dawn on the sixth of last September.

Six other prisoners are also continuing their open hunger strike, in rejection of their administrative detention; the oldest of whom is Kayed Phosphos who has been on strike for 82 days.

The Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners’ Affairs Commission stated that, in addition to phosphos, that the striking prisoners are Miqdad Al-Qawasma who has been on strike for 76 days, Alaa Al-Araj who has been on strike for 58 days, Hisham Abu Hawash who has been on strike for 50 days, Rayek Bisharat who has been on strike for 45 days, and Shadi Abu Aker who has been on strike for 42 days.

The hunger-strikers suffer from very difficult health conditions, and their condition is getting worse day by day, as they suffer from a lack of salt and fluids in their bodies, severe fatigue, stress, and headaches.

On Sunday, the Ofer Military Court rejected the appeal submitted by the Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs Commission to appeal the administrative detention decision issued against the prisoner Kayed Phosphos, who is continuing his hunger strike for the 82nd day.

Al-Qawasmeh is currently in Kaplan Hospital, while Phosphos, Al-Araj, Abu Hawash and Bisharat are in the Ramle Clinic prison, while the prisoner Shadi Abu Aker is in the cells of Ofer Prison.

Mohammad Hamayel

Ramallah based journalist, Mohammad graduated from Al-Quds University with a B.A. in Media and Television. He has covered the 2015 Jerusalem Intifada as well as the Great March of Return for international media outlets. currently an editor/presenter at Jerusalem24. A UN alumni and a follower of global events and politics, especially American affairs.

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