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50 more Palestinian prisoners to join open hunger strike

May 24, 2014 9:54 P.M. (Updated: May 26, 2014 8:37 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- More than 50 Palestinian prisoners held in Israel's Nafha prison have announced that they will begin an open hunger strike in support of around 100 administrative detainees who have been refusing meals for more than a month, according to a letter from prison.

The group of 50 prisoners urged the Palestinian people to support hunger striking prisoners so they can go on "with their real battles against Israel's racist policies of administrative detention, medical negligence, strip search, solitary confinement and deprivation of family visits," in the letter, which was received by the coordinator of popular movement to support prisoners Nashat al-Wahidi.

Among the 50 prisoners joining the hunger strike at Nafha facility near Mitzpe Ramon in southern Israel is prisoners' spokesperson Alaa Abu Jazar.

The prisoners join around 100 administrative detainees who have been on hunger strike for over a month in protest against their detention without charge or trial by Israeli authorities.

Since then, dozens more have joined the strike, while the vast majority of the more than 5,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have engaged in a number of one-day solidarity hunger strikes.

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