Palestinian woman prisoner ends hunger strike

Dec 22, 2010
RAMALLAH: After 20 days, a Palestinian woman prisoner ended her hunger strike to protest the Israeli decision not be placed in the same prison with her sister, a Palestinian official said on Wednesday.

Issa Qaraqi, the Palestinian minister of detainees and ex-detainees, said that Lanan Abu Ghilmeh ended the strike she launched in early December in the Hasharon (Telmond), a central Israeli prison located between Tel Aviv and Netanya, after its administration accepted her appeal to be placed with her sister Taghreed, who is jailed in the Al-Damon prison, in the Haifa area.

Qaraqi’ said that the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) “agreed first to end solitary confinement and isolation of Lanan and to place her with other Palestinian women prisoners in the Al-Damon prison.”

He added that Lanan “will stay temporarily in the Hasharon prison until being transferred to the Al-Damon prison.”

The minister quoted Lanan as saying, “It is siblings’ right to be placed in the same prison. It is a human right and depriving them from meeting is illogical and inhuman punishment.”

Lanan launched several hunger strikes since July 2010 to be placed with her sister.

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