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Prisoners in Israeli jails launch solidarity hunger strike

Nov. 27, 2012 11:14 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 28, 2012 6:34 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails launched a one-day hunger strike on Tuesday in solidarity with two long-term hunger strikers at risk of death, a prisoners center said.

The Gaza-based Prisoners Center for Studies announced that prisoners from all political factions are participating in the solidarity strike action and called on the Palestinian community to support long-term hunger strikers Ayman Sharawna and Samer Issawi.

The center called on Egyptian authorities to intervene to protect prisoners' rights.

Sharawna, 37, has been on hunger strike for 150 days since first launching protest action on July 1. Samer Issawi, who has been on hunger strike for 119 days, started refusing water on Nov. 21, prisoner rights group Addameer said.

Both prisoners threatened to escalate their strike action on Monday in protest against humiliating conditions and medical neglect.

Issawi, from Jerusalem, and Sharawna, from Hebron were both released under the 2011 prisoner swap deal but rearrested shortly after, and are being held without charge.

Around 2,000 Palestinian prisoners joined a mass hunger strike launched on April 17 to demand fairer prison conditions, according to prisoners groups' estimates.
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