RAMALLAH, PALESTINOW.COM –Seven sick prisoners in Ashkelon prison decided on Tuesday to join the open hunger strike launched by the Palestinian prisoners for the second day in a row.
The Committee of Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners and the Palestinian Prisoner Society said that these seven prisoners told the Committee’s lawyer Kareem Ajwa that they decided to join the hunger strike.
1,500 prisoners in Israeli jails started a hunger strike on 17th April, which coincides with the Palestinian Prisoner Day, to regain their human rights which were withdrawn by the Israel Prison Service and which they had clinched in previous hunger strikes. The number of the hunger-striking prisoners is expected to increase gradually.
The Palestinian prisoners have launched 23 hunger strikes in Israeli jails since 1967, the most recent of which was a 63-day hunger strike by administrative detainees in 2014. Dozens of individual hunger strikes have emerged recently against administrative detention.
The Hamas supreme leadership body in Israeli jails announced its support for the Freedom and Dignity hunger strike which was launched to defend the prisoners’ rights and dignity.
6,500 prisoners are being held in Israeli jails including 58 women, 300 children, 500 administrative detainees, and 1,800 sick prisoners.