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3 Palestinian prisoners continue open hunger strike

Sept. 16, 2018 3:15 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 17, 2018 11:49 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners' Affairs Committee confirmed on Sunday that despite deteriorating health, three Palestinian prisoners continue their open hunger strike, in pursuit of their demands.

The committee reported that Palestinian prisoner, Jamal al-Qam, 48, from the southern occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, who is currently held in the Ofer detention center, underwent 19 days of open hunger strike and will continue.

Prior to his detention, al-Qam suffered irregular heartbeat.

The prisoner, Sheikh Khader Adnan, 40, from the northern West Bank district of Jenin, who is currently held in the Israeli Raymond prison, started an open hunger strike 15 days ago, and confirmed his continuation, refusing his arbitrary detention.

Meanwhile, prisoner Imran al-Khatib, 60, from the southern besieged Gaza Strip, continues his hunger strike for the 43rd consecutive day, demanding early release from Israeli detention.

Al-Khatib was transferred to the Ramla detention clinic following deterioration of health. According to the committee, he suffered from high blood pressure, cartilage problems, high cholesterol, and chronic stomach infections, however, his condition remained stable.

Additionally, al-Khatib was detained by Israeli authorities since 1997 and was sentenced to 45 years in prison.

According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 5,781 Palestinians are currently held in Israeli prisons, of whom 456 are administrative detainees.

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