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Palestinian prisoner’s health declining after 45 days on hunger strike: Advocacy group

This file photo shows Palestinian prisoners at an Israeli detention facility in the occupied territories.

Emad al-Battran, a Palestinian prisoner on an open-ended hunger strike in an Israeli jail, is suffering from severe emaciation and massive physical pains, says a group advocating the rights of Palestinian prisoners.

The Commission of Palestinian Detainees and Ex-Detainees said on Monday that Battran, from al-Khalil, had entered the 45th consecutive day of the hunger strike.

The prisoner, currently in solitary confinement at Nitzan jail, also suffers from skin inflammation.

Battran has already spent 10 years in various Israeli prisons, mostly under so-called administrative detention.

His hunger strike is a public display of outrage at the unjust imprisonment.

In 2013, he was on a similar strike for 105 days.

Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners are held under administrative detention, in which Israel keeps the detainees for up to six months, a period which can be extended an infinite number of times. Women and minors are also among these detainees.

Such detentions take place on orders from a military commander and on the basis of what the Israeli regime describes as ‘secret’ evidence.  

In recent months and in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, several Palestinian prisoners have been infected in an Israeli detention center amid mounting concerns about medical negligence by authorities.

More than 7,000 Palestinians are reportedly held in Israeli jails.

In May 2019, a study revealed that Israel had arrested some 16,500 Palestinian children since the outbreak of the Second Intifada (uprising) in late-2000.


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