Hunger strike continues for fifth consecutive day

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Maan News Agency | October 1, 2011

NABLUS (Ma’an) — Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons are on hunger strike for the fifth consecutive day in protest of being forced into isolation cells and being deprived of family visits.

Popular Front officials say the Israeli prison administration has isolated a number of Palestinian detainees who are on hunger strike and forbade the prisoners in Ashkelon prison from going outside for the daily break.

According to the officials, Hamas leader Ibrahim Hamed in Sharon prison has joined the strike.

In the Negev prison, 56 PFLP detainees joined the hunger strike and a number of ill participants also refused medication in a bold stand in solidarity with the strike. In Ofer prison, 10 detainees joined the strike.

Palestinian Authority minister of prisoners Issa Qaraqe announced plans to support the prisoners, saying the authorities would hold sit-ins and marches in all Palestinian cities.


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