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Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners to join in hunger strike
A participant of a sit-in held in solidarity with over 140 Palestinain hunger-strikers in Israeli prisons (Al Ray Photo: Saturday, May 10, 2014)
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Gaza, Al Ray - Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli prisons are to stage on Saturday an open-ended hunger strike in solidarity with the administrative detainees.

The leadership of Palestinian prisoner movement in Israeli prisons announced in a statement an open call for hunger strike to support the demands of over 140 hunger-striking administrative detainees.

The statement said the first batch of new strikers will include 200 detainees, to be followed respectively by the others throughout the current week.

The decision came to respond to the recent Israeli abuses of strip search, beatings, isolations, in addition to the transfers of dozens of hunger strikers to jails for Israeli criminals, the movement explained.

In this respect, Gaza-based Wa'ed Society for Prisoners and Ex-prisoners held on Saturday morning a sit-in in front in front of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Gaza office, in yet another effort to raise the international awareness on the detainees' ordeal.

Activists and detainees'relatives are expected to participate on Monday in the sit-in, to last for three days, and launch a day of hunger strike, the society said earlier on Friday in a statement.

More than 140 administrative detainees continued their strike for 17 days in a row in order to break 'Israel''s policy of administrative detention.

Administrative detention is a procedure that allows the Israeli military to hold prisoners indefinitely on secret information without charging them or allowing them to stand trial.

As of 1 September 2012, there were at least 212 administrative detainees in Israeli prisons. This number included 7 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council.


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