Tuesday, 1 November 2016

9 Palestinian prisoners continue open hunger strikes in Israeli prisons

Nine Palestinian prisoners continued their open hunger strikes in Israeli prisons on Monday, according to Sawt al-Asra (Voice of the Prisoners) radio.

Protesting for various reasons, the nine prisoners have all refused food until their demands have been met by Israeli authorities.

Four of the nine hunger strikers have been protesting being held in solitary confinement, according to the radio station.

19 year-old Anas Abd al-Majeed Shadid from the southern Hebron-area village of Dura has been on hunger strike for 35 days protesting his solitary confinement, while Majd Hassan Abu Shamla, 24, and Hassan Ali Rabayaa, 31, both from the Jenin district, continued their hunger strikes for the 27th day.

Mosab Manasra from Hebron continued his hunger strike for the seventh day, also in protest of his solitary confinement.

Palestinian prisoners Samer al-Issawi from occupied East Jerusalem and Munther Sanawbar from Nablus continued their hunger strikes for the seventh day on Monday.

The two have been protesting to end the mistreatment of Palestinian female prisoners in the Damon detention center.

When he began his hunger strike, al-Issawi demanded the transfer of the prisoners at Damon to a detention facility closer to the courts in which the detainees are tried, that the prisoners be provided with appropriate medical treatment, and that international NGO Doctors Without Borders (MSF) be allowed to visit the prisoners. more