World Bulletin/News Desk
Eighty Palestinian detainees will on Sunday join a hunger strike staged by scores of administrative detainees in Israeli jails, the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs said Saturday.
In a statement, the ministry quoted lawyer Rami al-Alami as saying that 50 detainees in Nafha Prison, 15 in Ashkelon Prison and 15 others Rimon Prison will join the hunger strike.
NGO Palestinian Prisoners' Club, meanwhile, said that 220 Palestinian detainees have been on a hunger strike for 31 days now.
"Israel Prison Service takes punitive measures against the detainees, including denying them family and legal visits," the club said in a statement.
Some 120 Palestinian administrative detainees have been on a hunger strike since April 24 to protest their continued detention without trial by Israeli authorities.
Administrative detention orders can range from one to six months in length and can be extended by up to five years by Israeli military courts.
Around 5000 Palestinians continue to languish in more than 20 detention facilities throughout Israel, according to a report by the Prisoners Center for Studies and Research, a Palestinian NGO.
These include 200 minors and 19 female prisoners, the report said.Last Mod: 24 Mayıs 2014, 15:33