Palestinian detainees organize hunger strike

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails are organizing a prison-wide hunger strike to protest poor conditions, the head of a detainees committee said Friday.

In a letter sent from his cell, Yehya Sinwar said the strike would be called the Al-Furqan battle, and aimed to pressure prison administrations to stop solitary confinement, resolve problems with family visits, improve health conditions and to protest the detention of women and children. The strike was not politically motivated or related to the prisoner swap deal, he added.

Fifty detainees from various prisons would participate in the strike in the first week, and a further 100 would join in the second week, Sinwar said. Prisoners would continue to join the strike until Israeli prison authorities responded to detainees’ requests, he said.

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