July 24 (EUROPA PRESS) –
A total of 75 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have started an indefinite hunger strike in solidarity with detainees Raed Rayyan and Jalil Awawdeh, who are in critical condition after refusing to voluntarily eat food in protest against Israel’s administrative detention system. Israel, which allows the holding of Palestinians without charge or trial.
Rayyan, 27, from Beit Duqqu, northwest of Jerusalem, has been on a hunger strike for 109 days to protest his detention since November 3, 2021 and is currently convalescing in the Ramla prison clinic.
Awawdeh, 40, from Idna city in Hebron district in the southern West Bank, has been on a hunger strike for 23 days in protest at her prolonged administrative detention.
Last month, Awawdeh broke a 111-day fast after Israeli prison authorities assured her that her administrative detention would not be renewed, but she resumed her hunger strike a week after Israeli authorities reneged on their promise, according to a report from the Prisoner Affairs Commission collected by the official Palestinian news agency Wafa.
Israel currently holds more than 680 Palestinians in administrative detention, according to data handled by the commission.