Ramallah, ALRAY - At least 60 Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails on Thursday embarked on an open-ended hunger strike against the continued solitary confinement of a number of prisoners, Commission of Detainees’ Affairs said.
The commission pointed out that several priosners of Fatah and Popular Front in a number of Israeli jails went on hunger strike in response to the continued isolation of priosners Omar Kharwat, Wael Al-Jaghoub, and Hatem Al-Qawasmi.
It indicated that the hunger strike move came after all dialogue sessions had failed to end the solitary confinement of the three aforementioned prisoners.
The three prisoners Kharwat, Al-Jaghoub, and al-Qawasmi have been being held in solitary confinement for several months under very difficult detention conditions, including banning from family visits and communicating with the outside world.
According to Palestinian figures, about 4,700 Palestinians, including 35 women and 149 children, are currently languishing in Israeli detention jails.
Among them, close to 560 Palestinians currently being held under Israel’s illegal policy of administrative detention, under which prisoners can be held for renewable six-month periods without charge or trial.