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Palestinian detainees in Ashkelon prison to start hunger strike
Palestinian detainees in Ashkelon prison to start hunger strike
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Ramallah, ALRAY - 33 Palestinian detainees in Ashkelon Israeli jail have decided to start an open-ended hunger strike on Wednesday in protest against the repression being subjected to by the Israel Prisoner Service (IPS) for over a month.


Palestinian Prisoners’ Club said that the IPS carried out acts of repression against Palestinian detainees in Ashkelon prison in the past October, and moved them all to Nafha prison, with the exclusion of some detainees with chronic diseases.


Last week, the IPS returned the transferred detainees into the prison of Ashkelon, where they found all their belongings destroyed as well as a Koran dumped on the ground on which there were footprints, which forced the detainees to reject taking their destroyed belongings and to address a letter of protest to the head of the prison.


In turn, the IPS threatened the detainees that if they went on a hunger strike, it would move them to section 12 in the prison and put them in cells unfit for humans and full of insects.


The IPS has been pursuing since the start of 2019 a significant level of violence against Palestinian detainees, as a result of which dozens of detainees were injured, particularly in Ofer and Negev prisons.


On October 23, Israeli suppressive forces broke into the prison of Ashkelon, attacked Palestinian detainees, destroyed their belongings, and moved them to Nafha prison.


According to Palestinian figures, about 5,700 Palestinians, including 48 women and 250 children, are currently languishing in Israeli detention jails.