Palestinian administrative detainees in Ofer start hunger strike

The Palestinian Prisoner Club said 40 prisoners, out of a total of 60 in the jail, had refused to take their meals on Monday morning.

Palestinian administrative detainees in Ofer start hunger strike

World Bulletin / News Desk

Forty Palestinian administrative prisoners at the Israeli Ofer Prison in the West Bank have started a hunger strike against their administrative detention, the Palestinian Prisoner Club said Monday.

The club said 40 prisoners, out of a total of 60 in the jail, had refused to take their meals on Monday morning.

"The prisoners presented several demands, including the cancellation of their administrative detention," Gawad Bolis, the head of the legal unit at the club, said in a statement.

The statement, however, did not mention whether the strike of the prisoners would go beyond Monday.

The prison administration had earlier barred the administrative prisoners from moving between the cells, but still it said it would allow them to spend one hour outdoors.

The administration added that it was considering new punitive measures against the prisoners, including a suggestion to deny them visits from families or friends, according to the statement of the Palestinian Prisoner Club.

The club said the prisoners think of taking the case against the Israeli authorities to legal international agencies through their lawyers.

Also on Monday, Palestinian prisoners with medical needs at Ramla Prison in central Israel threatened to stage a hunger strike against what they described as "medical recklessness" on the part of the Israeli authorities.

The prisoners warned that grave recklessness by the Israeli authorities endangers their life, said a statement by the Ministry of Palestinian Prisoners in the Palestinian Authority.

It said the prisoners, who stay at the prison hospital, said they would stage a hunger strike next month against their deteriorating medical conditions and maltreatment by the Israeli authorities.

"Twenty detainees live in frustration at the hospital," the statement of the ministry quotes detainee Riad al-Amori as saying.

"They experience bad conditions that worsened their already deteriorating health conditions," the detainee said.

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