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Palestine

Two Palestinian detainees remain on hunger strike against administrative detention

According to the Detainees Affairs Commission, Two Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons currently remain on hunger strike for 63 days in a row against their unfair administrative detention without any trial.

Khalil Awawdeh, 40 years, from the southern West Bank of Hebron, has been on a hunger strike for 63 days in a protest against his administrative detention without trial. He is reported to be suffering from fatigue, headaches, pain in the joints, frequent vomiting irregular heartbeats and significant loss of weight after 63 days on hunger strike.

The other detainee, Raed Rayyan, 27 years, from the West Bank province of Jerusalem, has been on hunger strike for 28 days demanding the termination of his detention without any trial.

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Israel’s policy of administrative detention allows the detention of Palestinians without any trial for renewable intervals ranging between 3 or 6 months based on undisclosed evidence that even a lawyer is barred from watching it.

Currently, Israel is detaining more than 500 Palestinians in administrative detention, which is illegal by international law, most of them Liberated prisoners who spent years in prisons. Over the years, Israel has sat thousands of Palestinians in administrative detention, without telling them of the charges against them, without trying them, and without allowing them or their counsel to see the evidence.

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Amnesty International, has described Israel’s administrative detention policy as a “cruel, unjust practice which helps maintain Israel’s system of apartheid against Palestinians.”