Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jail launch hunger strike: statement

09:51, April 02, 2010      

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Palestinian prisoners in Israel's Ofer prison in the West Bank on Thursday launched a hunger strike to protest against Israeli prisons' authorities, director of Ahrar Center for Prisoners' studies said in a press statement.

"The prisoners refused to receive their meals offered by the prison," said Fouad al-Khofash, adding that the strike would be gradually expanded to other prisons "according to a timetable prepared by the prisoners."

According to official estimations, more than 7,000 Palestinian prisoners are imprisoned in Israeli jails. They were convicted of carrying out armed attacks against Israel and are held in 25 prisons.

"If Israeli prisons' authorities ignore the demands of the prisoners to improve their living conditions, the prisoners will escalate their hunger strike until their demands are met," said al-Khofash.

He revealed that Palestinian prisoners are living the worst ever living conditions in Israeli jails, adding that the Israeli prisons' authorities keep ignoring their demands.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had repeatedly said the Palestinians will not sign any final peace agreement before Israel shuts down all its prisons and releases all the Palestinian prisoners, which were rejected by Israel.

Source: Xinhua


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