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Palestinians join hunger strike in Israeli prisons

Palestinians join hunger strike in Israeli prisons

Ramallah, Jul 8 (Prensa Latina) Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli prisons of Ofer, Negev and Ascalon announced the beginning of a hunger strike in solidarity with con Ghazanfar Abu Atwan, who has not eaten 65 days already in protest for his arrest.
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The Club of Palestinian Prisoners named nearly two dozen detainees in the three facilities who stopped eating in support of Abu Atwan, who was arrested in October 2020 in Dura as one of the thousands of Palestinians imprisoned under the concept of administrative detention, used by Tel Aviv to keep behind bars inhabitants of the Western Bank and the Gaza Strip without trial or legal procedure for months or years at a time.

The Israeli prison administration isolated the protesters immediately and imposed severe sanctions in order to discourage them and force them to end the strike, according to the WAFA Palestinian agency. Jawad Boulos, attorney for Abu Atwan, stressed that the health of the 28-year-old man is deteriorating severely.

Boulos quoted the latest report of Israel’s hospital Kaplan, where the detainee is currently interned, saying that he is suffering strong pains in chest and back, and lost the ability to move his extremities.

The lawyer recalled that Atwan has also rejected drinking water since five days ago, further impacting his health.

The prisoner called on the international community to press on Israeli authorities in order to recover his freedom.

‘My life is fading in front of my eyes, I lost my health and my body betrayed me, while the occupiers (Israel) is allying the policy of slow death on me’, he wrote.

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