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Palestinians rally in solidarity with inmates on hunger strike

Ruba Shabbit 
Press TV, Gaza 


The Prisoners Committee in the Gaza Strip held a rally in front of the Red Cross headquarter for the fourth consecutive day, protesting the Israeli illegal administrative detention policy practiced against Palestinian prisoners.

This is part of a series of events held in the Gaza Strip in support of the prisoners whose health condition is deteriorating day by day due to their open-ended hunger strike.

The protest comes as an Israel court has reactivated its administrative detention order against Palestinian prisoner Miqdad Al-Qawasmi who has been on a hunger strike for over 100 days.

In October, Qawasmi was admitted to the intensive care unit in Kaplan Medical Center following a deterioration in his health condition. The Israeli regime transferred him to a prison clinic submitting false reports about his health conditions. 

At present, around 5,000 Palestinian prisoners are reportedly held in Israeli jails, including 200 children and 36 women. Of that number, 500 prisoners are in administrative detention. The policy of administrative detention allows Israeli authorities to extend the detention of a prisoner without charge or trial.

The Israeli court has renewed al-Qawasmi's administrative detention as his health conditions is deteriorating day by day. And as the protesters say, all this comes amid international apathy towards Palestinians plight.

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