Ibrahim Hamed and Hasan Salama join mass hunger strike

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[ 01/10/2011 – 04:46 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)– Commander of Al-Qassam Brigades’ West Bank division Ibrahim Hamed and prisoner representative Hassan Salama have joined a hunger strike declared in most of the Israeli prisons amid demands for humanitarian conditions.

Palestinian captives in most Israeli prisons have declared an intermittent hunger strike as a warning to the prison administrations in a bid to put an end to a surge in increasingly strict punitive measures, the Gaza Prisoners’ Affairs Ministry pointed out in a statement on Friday.

For the past four days, captives from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) in the Negev prison have been on strike in solidarity with PFLP secretary-general Ahmed Saadat, who has vowed not to break fast until he is released from isolation, where he has been held for the last eight years.

Captives who have gone on hunger strike have faced tight restrictions in an attempt by the Israeli occupation authorities to curb the effects of the protests.

There has been a campaign of prisoners being moved as well as fines in many prisons as the captives have refrained from carrying out orders by the administrations. Restrictions have also been placed on purchasing from the canteen and movement inside the prisons. Others prisoners have been placed in solitary confinement.

The strike will gain momentum in the coming days should the prison boards fail to meet the captives’ demands, the prisoners’ affairs ministry said, calling on the outside world to support the prisoners by shedding light on their cause.


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