Palestinian captives vow to continue hunger strike

Palestinian captives vow to continue hunger strike
Sat May 10, 2014 15:09:43

More than 100 Palestinian captives in Israeli prisons continue with their hunger strike for the 17th consecutive days to protest their potentially indefinite ‘administrative detention’ with any charges or trial.

The Palestinian captives insist that they are determined to persist with their open-ended strike until their demands are met.

Israeli regime’s prison authorities have imposed additional restrictions on the Palestinian detainees, preventing most of them from meeting with their lawyers.

Most of the striking Palestinian captives are elderly and many of them suffer from serious health conditions.

Palestinians have recently held solidarity demonstrations across the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to show support for the hunger-striking prisoners.

One of the largest demonstrations was held in the West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron) where thousands took to the streets.

The event was organized by the Coalition of Youth of the Intifada, Hamas, and the Islamic Jihad. It was the largest demonstration held in the city over the past seven years.

Administrative detention is a sort of imprisonment without trial or charge, allowing the Israeli regime to imprison Palestinians for up to six months. The detention order can be renewed for indefinite number of times.

As of April 1, there were 186 Palestinians held in administrative detention in Israeli jails, according to Addameer, an advocacy group for the rights of Palestinian prisoners.

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