Palestinian prisoners in Israel continue hunger strike (BBC) British Broadcasting Company) By Wyre Davies BBC News, Jerusalem 25 April 2012 Last updated at 06:23 GMT)
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The Israel Prison Service has said that more than 1,300 Palestinian
prisoners remain on hunger strike, more than a week after they began
The detainees want an end to Israel´s controversial policy
of "administrative detention" and solitary confinement for prisoners,
often for months at a time.
There are thought to be around 5,000 Palestinians held in Israeli
Many of them are affiliated to militant groups, but hundreds are also
being held indefinitely without trial.
It was in protest against indefinite detention and demanding better
conditions inside Israeli jail that more than 1,000 Palestinian
prisoners began a hunger strike eight days ago.
On Tuesday, the Israeli Prison Service said that about 1,350
prisoners were still refusing food, although according a prisoners´
support group they are receiving water and salts.
"The majority of them are affiliated with Hamas, Popular Resistance
[Committees] and Islamic Jihad, and are imprisoned in the southern
jails," the Israeli Prison Service added.
Israel is reported to have taken punitive measures against the hunger
strikers, denying them family visits and separating them from other
A spokeswoman for the prison service confirmed that some privileges
had been revoked.
Administrative detention is a controversial practice that allows
prisoners to be held indefinitely with no requirement to charge them
for any offence.
About 300 Palestinians are detained this way, but Israel denies they
are mistreated and says it has dealt with hunger strikes in the past
and would do so again. (© BBC MMXII 04/25/12)
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