Palestinian Inmates Continue Hunger Strike in Israeli Jails

KABUL: (Middle East Press) Over 70 Palestinian inmates in Israeli prisons have continued a hunger strike for a seventh day to require an end to Tel Aviv’s solitary confinement strategy.

The Palestinian Prisoners Society, a non-governmental organization, said on Sunday that the number of striking prisoners has increased to 100.

The Palestinian prisoners Committee said the detainees are striking against Israel’s recent decision to place a number of inmates in solitary confinement.

“Forcing the detainees into solitary confinement is an illegal, cruel and penal measure,” the detainees are reported to have said in a statement. “Solitary confinement is like graves for the living; we call for urgent and serious measures to force Israel to end its violations of international law.”

According to the Palestinian NGO, Israel’s Prison Service, the agency responsible for overseeing jails, had transferred several strike leaders to the Israeli Ktziot, Nafha, and Raymond prisons in order to counter the protest.

A number of prisoners at Ktziot and Raymond jails were also told that they would be transferred to other centers, according to reports.

Israeli officials have not yet made any comment.

The strike is also in solidarity with Nahar al-Saadi, who’s been refusing to eat since November 20 to protest his solitary confinement since May last year.

Reports say more than 7,000 Palestinians are being held in Israeli jails, many of them without charge or trial.

Human rights groups has condemned The Israeli Prison Service for rampant rights abuses in jails.

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