Despite deteriorating health conditions, three Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation prisons persist in their open hunger strike, protesting their arbitrary administrative detention.
In a statement released on Sunday, September 10, the Palestinian Prisoners Club reported that the health of hunger-striking detainees Sultan Khalouf, Kaid al-Fasfous, and Maher al-Akhras continues to worsen as the prison administration refuses to address their demands.
Sultan Khalouf, aged 42 and from the town of Burqin in western Jenin, has been on a hunger strike for 39 days in protest against his administrative detention. His health has significantly deteriorated, and he is currently held in a cell at Ramle prison clinic.
Khalouf initiated his hunger strike on August 3, 2023, immediately following his arrest. He was subjected to a four-month administrative detention order.
Notably, prisoner Khalouf is a former prisoner with prior years spent in Israeli jails. In 2019, he staged a 67-day hunger strike in protest against his administrative detention.
Kaid al-Fasfous, aged 34 and from the town of Dura in Hebron, has been on a hunger strike for 39 days since his detention on May 2 of the current year.
Fasfous is also a former prisoner who spent nearly 7 years in Israeli prisons. In late May and early June of last year, al-Fasfous conducted a 9-day hunger strike. He is married and has one child.
In 2021, al-Fasfous engaged in a hunger strike against his administrative detention, lasting for 131 days, back in 2019. He is currently held in the Negev desert prison.
Maher al-Akhras, aged 52 and from the town of Silat al-Dhahr in Jenin, has been on a hunger strike for 19 days. He is a former prisoner who spent five years in Israeli jails.
Al-Akhras was re-arrested on August 23, 2023, and immediately declared a hunger strike. Maher al-Akhras is a married man with six children.
In his previous detention, Al-Akhras conducted an open hunger strike for 103 days, successfully challenging his arbitrary administrative detention and securing his release by an Israeli decision.
Israel is presently detaining 5,100 Palestinian prisoners within its prisons, comprising 33 female prisoners and 165 children.
Among these detainees, 1,200 individuals are held under administrative detention, a process that allows imprisonment without charge or trial.