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Khader Adnan’s murder in Israeli jail ‘crime against humanity’: Iran Foreign Ministry spox

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kan'ani

The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman has strongly denounced “as a crime against humanity” the Israeli regime’s detention and ill-treatment of Palestinian hunger striker Khader Adnan, who ultimately lost his life in jail, saying the international community's silence will further embolden the occupying regime.

Nasser Kan'ani made the remarks in a statement released on Tuesday, following the murder of a senior leader of the Islamic Jihad movement, Khader Adnan, at an Israeli jail following an 87-day hunger strike.  

“The way the Israeli regime detained and its inhumane treatment of this Palestinian hunger striker are a clear example of the inhumane and violent behavior the Israeli regime has, in an organized and extensive manner, shown against the Palestinian nation and fighters over the past seven decades,” he said.

The Iranian diplomat also noted the martyrdom of this fighter in an Israeli jail displayed the righteousness of the Palestinian nation’s resistance, and how it is being oppressed by the Israeli regime.

Kan'ani further criticized the international community’s muted response to the ongoing Israeli crimes against Palestinians, saying the silence on Adnan's murder will further embolden the Tel Aviv regime.

He also lauded the Palestinian nation’s dignified resistance against the Israeli regime’s occupation and atrocities, offering his condolences to the family of Adnan and the resistance groups, particularly the Islamic Jihad.

Adnan was detained on February 5 and immediately went on a hunger strike in protest against his illegal detention.

He was suffering from severe health problems as a result of the strike, marked by frequent vomiting of blood, severe weakness, frequent loss of consciousness, difficulty in speaking, movement, sleep and concentration, and severe pain all over his body. 

Over the past 20 years, Adnan had been arrested a dozen times by Israeli forces for his political and anti-occupation activities. He spent a total of eight years behind bars.

He went on hunger strike four times during his detentions, the longest of which was a 67-day period in 2012 that resulted in his release and inspired other Palestinian prisoners held under administrative detention to follow suit.

In 2015, he once again went on a hunger strike for 56 days to protest his detention. He did the same in 2018 for 58 days.

Adnan was also arrested in 2021 and was transferred to administrative detention. He went on a hunger strike for 25 days at the time.

Palestinian resistance groups and authorities have mourned the murder of Adnan, holding the occupying Tel Aviv regime fully responsible for the crime.

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