- Published on Monday, 16 April 2012 10:04
1,600 prisoners being held in administrative detention in Israeli jails have declared an open hunger strike.
The prisoners strike will begin on 17th April, in protest against their illegal detention without charge or trial, the violent nature of their arrests and the punitive measures taken against them by the Israeli Prison Service (IPS).
The Palestinian Authority minister for prisoner affairs said '“The situation inside Israeli prisons has become very dangerous and serious.”
The mass hunger strike will coincide with Palestine Prisoners Day and the day Khader Adnan will be released.
There are currently 11 prisoners on hunger strike, and three of them have been referred to hospital including Bilal Diab, 27, who has been held in administrative detention since August 2011 and is on his 46th day of hunger strike.
Diab is now refusing all fluids and there are serious concerns about his health. The World Medical Association stated; "the body is unable to survive without liquids for more than a few days, and in most cases a hunger striker will die during the first week".
According to Addameer Lawyers Association, there are currently 4,600 Palestinians in Israeli prisons with more than 300 held in administrative detention by the IPS.