Days of Palestine – Ramallah
Prisoner Maher Al-Akhras, 49, enters his 97th consecutive day in his open hunger strike on Saturday rejecting his administrative detention amid a serious deterioration of his health condition.
Doctors expected a relapse of Akhras’s physical health coupled with blurred vision, inability to stand and severe pain in all his body.
Qadri Abu Bakr, the head of the Prisoners and Ex-prisoners Affairs Authority, warned of his martyrdom at any moment.
Akhras is married and has six children. He was arrested several times and the first time was in 1989 for seven months. The second arrest was in 2004 for two years, then he was re-arrested in 2009, and remained in administrative detention for 16 months. He was arrested again in 2018 and was held in custody for 11 months.
On 23 September 2020, the Israeli Court issued a decision to freeze Akhras’s administrative detention in an attempt to break his strike. However, before a week, the Israeli occupation authorities canceled the decision.