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Palestinian prisoner injured, taken to solitary confinement after prison raid

July 25, 2016 10:07 P.M. (Updated: July 26, 2016 3:39 P.M.)
(File)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- A Palestinian prisoner was reportedly injured on Monday during a raid by Israeli Prison Service in the Ofer prison, during which the forces violently beat prisoners, the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs said.

The committee said in a statement that prisoner Malik al-Zaaqiq was taken into solitary confinement after he was beaten and injured during the raid in Section 15 of Ofer prison, which is known as "the national unity section" as it gathers Palestinian prisoners of different political affiliations, as opposed to most sections in Israeli prisons.

The committee added that fifty Palestinian prisoners had announced that they would go on hunger on Tuesday to express solidarity with hunger-striking prisoners Bilal Kayid, Muhammad and Mahmoud Balboul, Malik al-Qadi, and Ayyad Hreimi.

The statement added that “large numbers of prisoners” were planning to start an open hunger strike to support the hunger strikers.

Dozens of Palestinian prisoners have launched hunger strikes in recent weeks to protest the Israeli policy of administrative detention -- internment without charge or trial or charges.

Kayid, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) entered his 42th day without food on Monday, in one of the most high-profile hunger strikes against administrative detention since Palestinian journalist Muhammad al-Qiq came near death during a 94-day hunger strike before he was finally released in May.

According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 7,000 Palestinians were being held by Israel as of May, 715 of whom were held in administrative detention.
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