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More than a dozen Palestinian administrative detainees in Israeli jails are currently on hunger strike – PPS

To protest their continuous administrative detention without charge and based on secret evidence, 13 Palestinian detainees in Israeli occupation prisons are currently on an open-ended hunger strike demanding their release, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).

It said that six detainees in Rimon prison joined the hunger strikers on Thursday, namely Hadi Naji Nazzal, Mohammad Tayseer Zakarneh, and Anas Ahmed Kamil, all from the town of Qabatiya in Jenin Governorate, and they have been detained since May, in addition to Abdul Rahman Iyad Baraqah from Aqbat Jabr refugee camp in Jericho, who has been detained since April, Mohammad Bassem Ikhmeis from the town of Beit Ummar, near Hebron, who has been detained since November 2022, and the detainee Zuhdi Talal Abido from Hebron, who has been detained since March.

It said that the administrative detainees Saif Hamdan, Saleh Rabaya, Qusay Khader, and Osama Khalil, have been on hunger strike for 14 days, while the detainees Kayed al-Fasfous and Sultan Khlouf have been on strike for 10 days, in addition to the detainee, Osama Daqrouq, who started his strike six days ago.

The strike of the 13 detainees coincides with other protest steps taken by the administrative detainees in Ofer prison and several other prisons, and the continuous boycott of about 60 detainees of the military courts.

The PPS said Israel has escalated its policy of administrative detention as the number of Palestinian administrative detainees in Israel has exceeded 1,200, the highest since early this century.

The occupation authorities have issued 1978 administrative detention orders since the beginning of this year, the highest of which was in July, which amounted to 370 orders.

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