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Palestinian prisoners continue open hunger strike

Sept. 9, 2018 1:46 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 10, 2018 2:26 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Three Palestinian prisoners confirmed on Sunday that they will continue the open hunger strike, despite their deteriorating health, according to a report by the Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners' Affairs Committee.

The report showed 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, confirmed his continuation of the open hunger strike.

Al-Qam began his open hunger strike 12 days ago as a form of protest to his administrative detention, noting that prior to his detention, al-Qam suffered irregular heartbeat.

Meanwhile, prisoner Imran al-Khatib, 60, from the southern besieged Gaza Strip, continues his hunger strike for the 36th consecutive day, demanding early release from Israeli detention.

Al-Khatib was recently transferred to the Ramla detention clinic following deterioration of health. He suffered from high blood pressure, cartilage problems, high cholesterol, and chronic stomach infections.

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 8 days ago, refusing his arbitrary detention.

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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