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Two Palestinian prisoners continue hunger strike for 37 days

May 8, 2019 3:28 P.M. (Updated: May 13, 2019 11:22 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinian prisoners held in administrative detention in Israeli prisons completed 37 days of open hunger strike and are confirmed to continue, as a form of protest against their detention, said the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS), on Wednesday.

PPS confirmed that Odeh Haroub, 32, a father of ten children, from Deir Samet village, southwest of the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, and Hasan Awawi, 35, a father of three, also from the Hebron district, have been on a hunger strike for 37 days demanding an end to their administrative detention.

PPS added that Haroub was detained in December 2018, while Awawi was detained in January 2019.

PPS said the Israel Prison Service (IPS) attempted to break Haroub and Awawi’s hunger strike by moving them from one prison to another, in hope of causing fatigue and deterioration in their health.

IPS last moved the two Palestinian prisoners to another prison on Tuesday.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, there are 5,450 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli prisons, of whom 497 are in administrative detention, and 48 female prisoners, and 205 minors, 32 of whom under 16 years old.

In addition, a report by Israeli NGO B'Tselem, which was based on the Israeli Prison Service statistics, read that over the last year, 29 Palestinians were taken into administrative detention every month, on average, and 37 were released.

The report added that in the past decade, the number of detainees held by Israel in a single month never fell below 150.

Rights groups say that Israel's administrative detention policy has been used as an attempt to disrupt Palestinian political processes, particularly targeting Palestinian activists, journalists, and politicians.

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