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2 Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike against administrative detention

March 5, 2016 5:28 P.M. (Updated: March 5, 2016 5:29 P.M.)

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Two Palestinians held in Israel’s Ktziot prison in the Negev continued hunger strikes on Saturday against their administrative detention by Israel.

A lawyer for the Palestinian Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs, Fadi Ubeidat, said 26-year-old Mahmoud Muhammad Hasan al-Fasfous began a strike on Feb. 20, after his detention was renewed without trial for the third six-month period in a row.

Al-Fasfous told Ubeidat on Friday that Israeli intelligence decided to keep him in custody despite a court decision against extension of his remand.

Speaking of his health condition after two weeks on hunger strike, al-Fasfous said he had already lost six kilograms and was suffering from a nose fracture and vision problems after he was physically assaulted by employees of Israel’s prison services.

Ubeidat told Ma’an that Dawood Haboub from al-Amari refugee camp, also held in Ktziot, announced a strike on March 1 protesting his administrative detention.

According to prisoners' rights organization Addameer, at least 670 Palestinians are currently held under administrative detention by Israel, a policy international community has repeatedly said is in contravention to international law.

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