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6 Palestinians detained without trial continue hunger strike protest

Aug. 31, 2015 1:20 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 31, 2015 7:07 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Six Palestinian prisoners entered their 13th day on hunger strike Monday in protest against being held under the Israeli policy of administrative detention in solitary confinement, a prisoner rights group said.

Nidal Abu Aker, 48, Shadi Maali, 39, Ghassan Zawahreh, 32, all from Bethlehem, and Badr al-Ruzza and Munir Abu Sharar from Hebron began a hunger strike on Aug. 18 to protest their detention without trial, the Palestinian Prisoner's Center said.

The detainees -- who are being held in isolation at the Negev jail -- have given Israel's Prison Service until Sept. 1 to respond to their demands, at which point they will stop taking fluids and boycott Israeli military courts.

Another detainee, Kayid Fawzi Abu al-Rish, 42, from Nablus, entered his 26th day on hunger strike Monday to protest his detention without trial, which has been renewed twice for a period of six months.

He is currently being held in isolation in the Megiddo jail.

Administrative detention allows for internment without trial or charge for six-month intervals that can be renewed indefinitely. The policy has been strongly criticized by the international community as well as both Israeli and Palestinian rights activists.

Many Palestinians have gone on hunger strike to protest the practice, and earlier this month, Israel agreed to suspend the administrative detention of Palestinian prisoner Muhammad Allan following a 66-day hunger strike that raised fears Israeli authorities would force feed him.

In July, another Palestinian prisoner, Khader Adnan, was released after a 56-day hunger strike to protest his administrative detention that brought him close to death.
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