- Published on Tuesday, 24 April 2012 10:57
Thousands of Palstinians around the West Bank and Gaza have joined in soidarity by setting up tents outside the Red Cross in Gaza and in areas around Ramallah and the West Bank, where the local communities are staging hunger strikes in support of the Palestinian prisoners held in administrative detention by the Israeli Prison Service.
There is currently growing concerns for the health of administrative detainee Hasan Al-Safadi, who has now passed his 52nd day of hunger strike in protest against being hed without charge or trial.
Hasan has been continuously arrested and detained since 1995, when he was detained for one year then again in 2002 and 2004, all of which he was held without trial in administrative detention.
On Palestine prisoners day, 160 prisoners began an open hunger strike while 2000 people marched towards the Red Cross in Gaza City in solidarity alongside thousands protesting around the West Bank. 160 detained prisoners began an open hunger strike with a further 2,300 prisoners who refused food for one day and 1,200 prisoners who claimed they would begin a hunger strike. This added to three quarters of the 4,700 Palestinians being held in Israeli prisons.