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Eight prisoners on hunger strike to protest prison abuses
Eight prisoners on hunger strike to protest prison abuses
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Gaza, ALRAY - Prisoner’s Club society said that eight Palestinian prisoners are still on hunger strike since last month while prisoner Iyad Astete has been on hunger strike since February 1, 2014.

Prisoners Muammar Banat, Akram al-Fassisi and Waheed Abu Maria started a hunger strike on January 09, 2014, protesting their administrative detention.

Prisoner Ameer al-Shammas staged a hunger strike on January 11, 2014, protesting his administrative detention and isolation. He was arrested on September 3, 2013 and held in Ashkelon interrogation centre for over a month and a half, then sentenced to administrative detention.

The society added that prisoner Abdul Majeed Khudairat, a former hunger striker, launched his open-ended hunger strike to protest his re-arrest after his release in the prisoner exchange agreement of October 2011. He began his strike on January 15.

Prisoner Soufan of Tulkarem, sentenced to life imprisonment plus five years, launched a hunger strike on January 25, 2014, protesting medical neglect and treatment delay; he has a tumor under his left ear and needs an operation to remove the tumor but has received only painkillers and has been isolated rather than moved to the hospital.

Prisoner Hossam Yousef Omar launched a hunger strike on January 25, 2014; he is being held in isolation in Megiddo prison and is demanding an end to his solitary confinement.

The Prisoner’s Club reported that Iyad Astete has been on hunger strike since February 1, 2014. Astete, from Jenin, was detained in June 2006 and is serving a prison sentence of 16 years.

He has started a hunger strike protesting the Israeli authorities’ refusal to transfer him from Ashkelon prison to the northern jails which are close to his residence area.

Astete said that the life condition in Ashkelon’s solitary confinement cells is very bad, and that he has been deprived of buying from the canteen and of receiving family visits for two months and a half.

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