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2 Palestinian inmates on hunger strike in Israeli jails

17 February 2017 10:19


Two Palestinian prisoners have reportedly gone on hunger strike at Israeli jails in the occupied territories to protest against the Tel Aviv regime’s practice of administrative detention.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said in a statement on Thursday that Palestinian prisoners Jamal Abu al-Leil and Raed Fayez Mteir have refused to take their meals after their administrative detention was extended.

Abu al-Leil, a former member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council, served one year in administrative detention following his arrest on February 14 last year.

Mteir, who serves as the head of the Qalandiya Youth Center, was detained on April 12 and two administrative detention orders each for six months were slapped against him.

Both detainees are from the Qalandiya refugee camp north of Jerusalem al-Quds, and have been previously detained several times.

There are reportedly more than 6,500 Palestinians held at Israeli jails. Hundreds of the inmates have apparently been incarcerated under the practice of administrative detention, which is a policy under which Palestinian inmates are kept in Israeli detention facilities without trial or charge.

Some Palestinian prisoners have been held in administrative detention for up to 11 years.

The Palestinian inmates regularly hold hunger strikes in protest at the administrative detention policy and their harsh prison conditions.

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