PPS : 80 detainees on hunger strike in Israeli jails

Bethlehem/PNN/Over 80 Palestinian detainees are on hunger strike staged across different Israeli jails in protest at Israel’s arbitrary detention policies, a rights group said Sunday.

According to the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS), the hunger strike was initially staged in solidarity with the Palestinian hunger-striker Bilal Kayed, who has been starving for the 54th consecutive day in protest at being transferred to administrative detention, without charge or trial, right after the end of his 15-year-sentence in Israeli jails.

Five Palestinian detainees have continued their hunger strike in response to being held administratively in Israeli jails.

Mahmoud al-Balboul has been on an open-ended hunger strike since July 4 and his brother Muhammad since July 7. Both prisoners Malek al-Kadhi and Ayad al-Hreimi started their hunger strike on July 15.

Journalist Omar Nazal launched his hunger strike on August 4 while prisoner Waleed Muslameh announced his hunger strike on July 18 after the Israeli prison authorities transferred him to solitary confinement.