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Israel moves hunger striker between prisons on his 15th day without food

June 28, 2016 1:25 P.M. (Updated: June 28, 2016 9:26 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – The Israel Prison Service (IPS) on Monday moved hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner Bilal Kayid from Ramon prison to Ela prison in Beersheba, according to the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs.

In a statement released Monday evening, the group said IPS moved Kayid from solitary confinement at Ramon prison to solitary confinement at Ela prison in attempt to pressure him to end his hunger strike, which entered its 15th day Tuesday.

A spokesperson for IPS could not immediately be reached for comment on the matter.

Kayid declared an open hunger strike on June 14 to protest being placed under administrative detention -- internment without charge or trial -- for six months following the completion of his 14.5 year sentence in Israeli custody. Reports emerged Thursday that he had begun suffering from exhaustion, fatigue, insomnia, and kidney pain.

The left-wing Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), of which Kayid is a member, has since declared an “open struggle” in response to Israel's decision to keep him in custody, with PFLP-affiliated prisoners in several Israeli prisons declaring hunger strikes in solidarity, and demonstrations being held around the world demanding his release.

Israeli prisons routinely take punitive measures in response to protests staged by Palestinian prisoners. Many Palestinian prisoners face torture, denial of family visitation, and medical negligence.

Rights groups have documented numerous cases of Israel transferring prisoners and using solitary confinement on hunger-strikers as a way to pressure them into ending their strike.
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