More than 1600 Palestinians in Israeli jails have begun Tuesday April 17 a three day food strike to protest against the miserable conditions they live in.
Of the Palestinians currently detained, some 320 including 25 women and 20 MPs are being held under administrative detention orders, whereby they are held without formal charges for indefinite periods of time, the PA Ministry of Detainee Affairs said.
According to international human rights organization report, at least 4,610 political Palestinian prisoners are held in Israeli jails in solitary confinement.
The latest developments in three day hunger strike, Israeli Prison Service has tightened procedures against prisoners on a mass hunger-strike launched a day earlier.
"Israel's prison administration put detainees in solitary confinement without electricity. Prisoners in Ashkelon jail said detainees were threatened with transfer to a new section, and banned family visits," the PA Ministry of Detainee Affairs said in a statement.
Israeli Prison Service spokeswoman Sivan Weizman said 1,200 detainees were on continuous hunger strike, and all hunger-strikers have had privileges removed. They were moved to a special section of the prison but are not in isolation, she said.
Israel`s Prison Service said it won`t hold any talks with the prisoners. But the PA Ministry of Detainee Affairs said detainees have appointed representatives in their dialogue with the prison administration.
According to the PA Ministry of Detainee Affairs, the Palestinian prisoners said in a statement that they are preparing for an escalation by the beginning of May if the Israeli prison administration did not respond to end administrative detention and solitary confinement, halting all raids targeting detainees’ rooms and sections, allowing family visitation, and other basic rights.
International rights group Amnesty International said Tuesday it was troubled by reported punitive measures against the hunger-strikers.
"We remain very concerned about reports that detainees have been denied access to independent doctors, and that some have been punished because of their decision to go on hunger strike -- including by being placed in isolation, fined, or otherwise ill-treated by Israel Prison Services officers," Deputy Middle East and North Africa Director Ann Harrison said.
Meanwhile, according to Egyptian news agency MENA, 65 Egyptian prisoners in various Israeli jails in the Negev Desert began a open-ended hunger strike to demand their release.
Moreover, Israeli forces released the Palestinian prisoner and the leader of the Islamic Jihad movement, Sheikh Khader Adnan who went on a 66-day hunger strike over his administrative detention.
Sheikh Khader Adnan ended his 66-days hunger strike under an agreement with Israeli Prison Service, which includes releasing him and stop his administrative detention.
Last week, Israeli forces released from prison Miss.Hanaa Shalaby, 30, from a village near Jenin, on the West Bank, after a 43-day hunger strike.
Shalaby and Adnan were held in administrative detention since there arrest on the basis of intelligence data indicating that they are a threat to Israel's national security!