A Palestinian administrative detainee in Israel, who has been on hunger strike for 103 days to protest his prolonged detention without charge or trial, is in serious health condition, today said the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS).
He is one of three Palestinian administrative detainees in Israel on hunger strike demanding their freedom.
PPS said Hisham Abu Hawwash, 39, from the southern West Bank city of Hebron, is being kept at Ramle prison clinic despite his deteriorating health condition after 103 days of fast, which was the reason he was not brought to the military court for a hearing on an appeal against extending his administrative detention.
Hawwash, who is married and a father of five children, was served with three consecutive administrative detention terms since October of last year each for a period of six months and the latest was while he was on hunger strike but reduced from six to four months. He spent a total of eight years in prison during his lifetime for his resistance of the Israeli occupation.
In addition to Hawwash, 45-year-old Loai Ashqar, from the village of Sida, north of the northern West Bank city of Tulkarm, continues with his hunger strike for the 48th day also in protest against his prolonged administrative detention. Ashqar is married and a father to eight children.
A third administrative detainee, Nidal Ballout, 27, from Bani Naim village, near Hebron, is also on hunger strike for the 30th day, said the PPS. His hunger strike was known only recently after the Israel Prison Services, which kept his hunger strike secret, allowed a lawyer to meet with him and he told the lawyer that he has been on hunger strike since his detention. He is married and a father of two children.
Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency