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3 Palestinians continue hunger strikes in protest of administrative detention

April 23, 2016 4:50 P.M. (Updated: April 28, 2016 4:52 P.M.)
Palestinians have regularly gone on hunger strike to protest administrative detentions, and protests outside the Ramle prison in central Israel are common. (AFP/Jack Guez, File)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Three Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli custody continued on hunger strike in protest of their administrative detention, Palestinian radio station Sawt al-Asra reported Saturday.

Sami Janazreh, 43, from al-Fawwar refugee camp near Hebron continued his hunger strike for the 51st day in a row in protest of his administrative detention.

The Israeli prison administration reportedly moved Janazreh from solitary confinement in Ela prison in Beersheba to an Israeli hospital after his health deteriorated and he suffered a head wound after fainting.

Meanwhile, Fuad Rabah Shukri Assi, 30, from Beit Liqya near Ramallah continued his hunger strike for the 20th day, in protest of Israel's renewal of his administrative detention for six additional months.

Assi had previously spent over five years in Israeli prisons, and his brother Muhammad was killed by Israeli forces on Oct. 22, 2013. He was detained from his home last August, and is currently held in Israel’s Ktziot prison in the Negev.

Muhammad Jamal Mafarja, also from Beit Liqya, continued his hunger strike for the 20th day in protest of his 16-month administrative detention. He was detained in December 2014, nine months after being released from prison.

According to prisoners' rights organization Addameer, 700 Palestinians are currently held under Israel’s policy of administrative detention -- internment without trial or charge. The international community has repeatedly condemned the practice, which they say is used by Israel in contravention to international law.

Palestinian prisoners' frequently resort to hunger strike in effort to hold Israel accountable for their arbitrary detention. Palestinian journalist Muhammad al-Qiq last year came close to death during a more than 90-day strike against his detention.
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