Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike

A Palestinian female prisoner is on hunger strike for the seventh day demanding transfer from the Israeli Hasharon jail to Sharon jail to join her detained sister.
Linan Abu Ghulma, from Beit Forik village in Nablus in the occupied West Bank, has said that she would not stop her hunger strike until she was transferred to Sharon jail to re-unite with her detained sister Taghrid.

The Israeli authorities at the Hasharon jail have refused to put the sisters in one jail.

Lawyer Buthaina Duqmaq, the head of the Mandela Institute in the occupied territories, that caters for Palestinian captives, has voiced an appeal to local and international human rights groups to pressure Israeli occupiers to intervene and ensure the release of Linan and her sister.

Linan was one of twenty Palestinian female captives freed in October 2009 in return for a two and a half minute video of captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who is in custody in Hamas jail, in which he appeared to be fit and well both mentally and physically.

Linan was abducted for the second time by the Israeli army last April and was placed under administrative detention. Her sister was also detained and a heavy fine was imposed on her.

Meanwhile, two prominent Palestinian male prisoners are also on hunger strike since last Friday for being imprisoned in solitary confinement.

The two prisoners told the lawyer that they will not end their strike until they are out of solitary confinement.


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