JAKARTA - Thousands of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails on Wednesday, launched a hunger strike, said the Palestinian minister for prisoners.
"I can assure that all prisoners in Israeli jails have begun a hunger strike three days, which can be increased, as a sort of warning to the government of Israel," said Issa Qaraga told reporters in Ramallah.
Qaraga said the hunger strike was a protest against the policy of separate confinement, and called for solidarity in the group as a prisoner of the Popular Front for the Liberation of (PFLP).
"About 200 prisoners from the PFLP and several other prisoners began a hunger strike yesterday to protest the infinite separate confinement continued on their general secretary Ahmed Saadat over the last four years," said Qaraga.
Hunger strike was later extended to all prisons in collective protest against the policy of separate confinement, and also what Qaraga said was the "rising wave" of punitive measures against the prisoners.
"There are prisoners who have been in solitary confinement for 10 years," he said. Prison authorities have implemented harsh penalties and actions that has never happened before, urging the prisoners to a state of rebellion against all the rules that apply in the prisons in the occupied territories, he said.