Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails begin mass hunger strike

Jerusalem (IINA) � Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails began on Monday an open-ended hunger strike in conjunction with Palestinian Prisoners' Day.

Prisoners in Ashkelon, Nafha, Rimon, Hadarim, Gilboa and Beer-Sheva put all the food out of their cells and declared their hunger strike.

Issa Qaraqe, chairman of the Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs Commission, said that more than 1,300 prisoners in various prisons in the Israeli occupation are participating in the mass hunger strike in protest against the policy of medical negligence, violations, detention without charge or trial, unfair trials and prevention of family visits by the Israeli prison authorities. He added that the number is expected to increase in the coming days.

Qaraqe called upon the Palestinian people and the official and popular national institutions to participate in the activities supporting the prisoners. He also called on the human rights institutions to compel Israel � the occupying state � to respect international law, as well as exposing Israel's violations of the law in its prisons.

Source: International Islamic News Agency