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25 Palestinian prisoners join hunger strike

May 29, 2014 12:00 P.M. (Updated: May 31, 2014 6:24 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Twenty-five Palestinian prisoners serving life sentences on Thursday started open hunger strike action in support of administrative detainees, a prisoners group said.

Ahrar Center for Prisoners Studies and Human Rights said that a senior Hamas leader and 24 other prisoners in Rimon jail have begun refusing food in solidarity with administrative detainees on hunger strike.

"We won't allow the Israeli occupation to break or disfavor our clerics, lawmakers and cellmates, and so we decided to join the hunger strike in support of the demands of administrative detainees," Muammar Sharour said.

The other prisoners are affiliated with different Palestinian factions.

On Wednesday, forty Palestinian prisoners who have been refusing food for over a month in protest against their imprisonment without charge or trial were hospitalized.

Over 200 Palestinian 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 procedure known as "administrative detention," a policy based on legislation from the British Mandate period.
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