Gazans go on hunger strike to support Palestinian detainee

Sat Feb 11, 2012

Dozens of Gazans have gone on hunger strike to protest the illegal detention of a Palestinian prisoner who has himself been on hunger strike for nearly two months.

They announced the hunger strike at Friday Prayers in front of the office of the International committee of the Red Cross in Gaza.

The action is in solidarity with Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan who has been on hunger strike in an Israeli jail for 55 days, a protest action he began a day after he was arrested in his home near the West Bank city of Jenin by a group of armed Israeli security personnel.

Adnan is protesting administrative detention, in which prisoners can be detained indefinitely without trial or charge.

According to Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, in 2011 there was a sharp increase in the number of Palestinian administrative detainees held by Israel, from 219 in January to 307 in December.

Prisoners’ rights advocates have called on the international community to stop Israeli violations of prisoners’ rights and save Adnan from imminent death.

Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails have warned that they will go on a hunger strike next Sunday unless Adnan is released.

According to prisoner advocacy groups, there are at least 6,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, many of whom are being held without charge or the opportunity to face trial.

Source: PressTV.

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