Palestinian inmates continue hunger strike in Israeli prisons

Palestinian inmates continue hunger strike in Israeli prisons

Prisoners have been on strike for at least seven days (Stock image)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Palestinians being held in an Israeli prison are continuing a hunger strike and demanding their release today (September 21).

The three prisoners have been on a hunger strike for up to eight days, the Palestinian prisoner solidarity network Samidoun has said.

Those striking include Anas Shadid, who kept up a hunger strike for 90 days last year, but was detained again in June this year, according to Ma'an News Agency.

Last year the 21-year old was protesting against being held under administrative detention, which means Israeli prisons can imprison people without having a trial or charges against them for six months, and this can be renewed.

He is being held under the practice again after being arrested during a raid in the night. Shadid is currently in solitary confinement in Hadarim prison.

Sheikh Izzadine Amarneh is also on hunger strike after being imprisoned at the beginning of this month and claims he should not be held when there is no evidence against him.

According to Samidoun he previously had to spend six years in prison in Israel.

Ahmad Salameh al-Sawarkeh is the third prisoner taking part in the strike. His sentence at the prison was supposed to end last year

He was first imprisoned in 2009 and held on a seven-and-a-half year sentence. Reports claim the man was told he would be sent to Sinai, Egypt upon his release but he is asking to go to Gaza as his family are there.