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Two Palestinian prisoners endure hunger strike for 41 days

May 13, 2019 10:35 A.M. (Updated: May 14, 2019 10:45 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli administrative detention, without a charge or court trial, completed 41 days of their open hunger strike, on Sunday, protesting their unfair detention.

According to the Palestine Prisoner’s Society (PPS), 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 41 days demanding an end to their administrative detention.

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.

PPS mentioned that the two prisoners have been suffering from severe headaches, low visibility, and vomiting as a result of their hunger strike.

Israeli NGO B'Tselem, issued a report, 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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