Palestinian prisoners continue hunger strike

 22 Apr 2017 - 13:18

Palestinian prisoners continue hunger strike
Placards are placed during a demonstration in support of Palestinians who are on hunger strike in Israeli prisons, at Saraya Square in Gaza City, Gaza on April 19, 2017 [Mohammed Talatene/Anadolu Agency].


Ramallah: The open-ended mass hunger strike launched by more than 1500 Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli occupation jails has entered its sixth day on Saturday, according to prisoners’ advocacy groups.

The "Freedom and Dignity" hunger strike was started on Monday to protest the difficult humanitarian conditions in the Israeli occupation jails.

Israeli prison guards carried out wide-scale inspection operations among hunger-striking prisoners in Nitzan prison in Ramleh. Police dogs were used during these operations and copies of Al-Quran that belong to prisoners were taken away, Palestinian news agency (WAFA) reported.

The Israeli Prison Service moved around striking prisoners in an attempt to disperse them, while isolating others.

The prisoners are demanding to be moved to prisons in the occupied territories as per the Fourth Geneva Convention, which would make it easier for their families to visit them, as well as lifting restrictions on family visits and better treatment at military checkpoints.

Other demands include an improvement of access to medical care; increasing visit duration from 45 to 90 minutes; families of women prisoners meet without glass barriers to allow mothers to hold their children; an improvement in detention conditions including easing restrictions on the entry of books, clothing, food and other gifts from family members; restoring some educational facilities; and installing phones to enable prisoners to communicate with their families.

The total number of political prisoners currently held in Israeli jails has reached 6500 prisoners, including 500 administrative detainees; 300 children; and 57 females.