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Palestinian prisoners start hunger strikes in solidarity with Allan

Aug. 16, 2015 10:51 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 16, 2015 11:23 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli prisons on Sunday began hunger strikes in solidarity with Palestinian prisoner Mohammad Allan who has been on hunger strike more than 60 days.

The family of prisoner Samir al-Issawi, who is being held in Israel's Jalbou jail, told Ma'an that their son had begun a hunger strike, while the Palestinian Prisoner's Society said that Mohammad al-Aqraa, in Ella prison has also started one.

Al-Issawi is one of a number of Palestinian prisoners who was freed as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange in 2011 only to be detained again afterward.

Allan, a 31-year-old lawyer from southern Nablus, went on hunger strike two months ago to protest his administrative detention -- internment without trial or charge -- which Israel has held him in since November.

His case has prompted fears that Israel will go ahead with a controversial new law passed in the Knesset last month allowing them to force feed hunger striking prisoners.

Palestinians in Israeli prisons regularly go on hunger strike to protest conditions, particularly those held in administrative detention.
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