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Group: 55 Palestinian prisoners join hunger strike

May 26, 2014 12:47 P.M. (Updated: May 28, 2014 4:28 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Fifty-five prisoners in Israeli jails joined a hunger strike on Monday against Israel's detention policy, the Palestinian Prisoners' Society said.

PPS said in a statement that 40 Palestinians held in Ramon prison and 15 in Shatta had begun an open hunger strike.

Hundreds of prisoners are currently on hunger strike in Israeli jails in solidarity with dozens of administrative detainees who have been refusing meals since April 24.

Strikers are demanding Israel stop imprisoning Palestinians without charge or trial in a policy known as "administrative detention," a policy based on legislation from the British Mandate period.

Fifty prisoners joined the hunger strike on Saturday and another 47 joined on Sunday, according to PPS.

On May 14, 2012, some 2,000 Palestinian prisoners ended a 27-day hunger strike after reaching a deal with Israel. Under the terms of the deal, around 400 prisoners from Gaza would be allowed receive family visits and administrative detainees would be either freed or charged.

According to Addameer, Israel also agreed to limit the use of administrative detentions to exceptional cases, but reneged on the deal, renewing the detention of several prisoners and continuing to regularly implement the policy.
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