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Hamas: Resistance committed to liberation of Palestinian prisoners

Member of Hamas’ political bureau Hisham Qasem

A senior Hamas leader says the Palestinian resistance movement and its leadership are committed to the liberation of Palestinian prisoners.

Member of Hamas’ political bureau Hisham Qasem made the remarks on April 17, which marks the Palestinian Prisoner's Day, an annual occasion established by the Palestinian National Council in 1974 to support the inmates’ legitimate rights.

“The Palestinian people’s commemoration of the Prisoner's Day is an opportunity to remember the great sacrifices that have been made by the prisoners,” Qasem said.

The Hamas official applauded the Palestinian inmates for standing against injustice and the unprecedented level of repressive measures at Israeli prisons.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Hamas official called on Palestinian and international media outlets to highlight the prisoners’ plight and sufferings.

PPS: Palestinian hunger striker Khader Adnan could die at any moment

Adnan who has been on hunger strike for more than 70 days in protest over his detention by Israel could die at any moment, the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) warned on Monday. It said the health condition of Adnan had reached a very critical stage and that Israel still refuses to release him despite his illegal detention.

The advocacy group said Adnan, who is under security camera surveillance in the Ramla prison’s infirmary, refuses to take any kind of intravenous fluids and medication or even undergo medical tests.

Adnan started his hunger strike on February 5, the first day of his detention. He has been imprisoned for several times over the past few years.

There are reportedly more than 7,000 Palestinians held in Israeli jails. Hundreds of the inmates have been apparently incarcerated under the practice of administrative detention. Human rights organizations say Israel violates all the rights and freedoms granted to prisoners by the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Palestinian detainees have continuously resorted to open-ended hunger strikes in an attempt to express outrage at their detention.

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