Palestinian Detainees Continue Hunger Strike against Administrative Detention

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Two Palestinian detainees, Kaid al-Fasfous and Sultan Khallouf, entered on Saturday, September 16, 2023, their 45th consecutive day of a hunger strike, protesting against their administrative detention.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Club issued a statement warning of the escalating dangers to the lives of the detainees, as Israeli authorities continue to refuse to address their demands, which include ending their arbitrary administrative detention and delaying their transfer to civilian hospitals.

The Israeli occupation authorities are being held fully responsible for the fate of Kaid al-Fasfous and Sultan Khallouf.

International human rights organizations are urged to urgently intervene and secure their release, especially given that their hunger strike is taking place under the rule of a right-wing government.

Kaid al-Fasfous, a 34-year-old from Dura in Hebron, was re-arrested administratively on May 2, 2023.

He is a former prisoner who has spent approximately 7 years in Israeli jails. His encounters with arrest began in 2007, and he initiated a hunger strike in late May/June of the previous year, lasting for 9 days.

In 2021, he embarked on a 131-day hunger strike against his administrative detention and did the same in 2019.

All of his siblings have also faced arrest, and currently, alongside him, Israeli authorities have administratively detained four of his brothers, all of whom are former prisoners.

Sultan Khallouf, a 42-year-old from the town of Birqin in Jenin, is being held by Israeli authorities in the Ramla Prison Clinic, where he is experiencing severe health conditions. He has been transferred to civilian hospitals multiple times.

Sultan Khallouf, a former prisoner who spent four and a half years in Israeli prisons, previously initiated a 67-day hunger strike in 2019 in protest against his administrative detention.

According to the latest available data, as of the end of August 2023, there are more than 5,200 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, including 1,264 administrative detainees, among them 20 children and four women.

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