Israel holding 1,350 hunger-striking Palestinians (AFP) AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE) 04/22/12)
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At least 1,350 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli jails are
observing an open-ended hunger strike, the Israeli Prisons Service
said on Sunday, after another 150 inmates began refusing food.
"There are now 1,350 Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike," said
Sivan Weizman, spokeswoman for the Israel Prisons Service (IPS).
"An additional 150 prisoners joined the hunger strike over the
weekend, bringing the total number of prisoners on hunger strike to
1,350," she told AFP.
On Tuesday, 1,200 prisoners began an open-ended hunger strike to
protest the conditions in which they are being held as Palestinians
across the territories marked Prisoners´ Day, the IPS said.
Another 2,300 prisoners also joined a day-long fast.
Before Tuesday´s mass protest, 10 Palestinian inmates of Israeli
prisons were already on hunger strike, four of whom had been
transferred to prison hospitals because of fragile health, the
Palestinian Prisoners Club said.
Two of them, Bilal Diab, 27, and Thaer Halahla, 34, have now been
refusing food for 54 days, with prisoner rights group Adameer
describing their condition as "rapidly deteriorating."
All 10 are being held without charge under administrative detention
orders, which means they can be held for renewable periods of up to
There are 4,699 Palestinians being held in Israeli jails, of whom 319
are in administrative detention, according to Prisoners Club figures.
(Copyright © 2012 Agence France Presse. 04/22/12)
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