Kaid Al-Fasfous, a 34-year-old Palestinian prisoner from Dura in Hebron, continues his hunger strike, now in its 53rd day, under challenging health conditions, as a protest against his administrative detention.
Critical Health Conditions
The Palestinian Commission of Detainees and Ex-detainees reported on Sunday, September 24, 2023, that Al-Fasfous has deteriorated significantly, losing nearly 30 kilograms of weight and suffering severe bodily pain.
His health has reached a critical point, impacting his mobility, and he experiences intense headaches and general weakness.
The Israeli occupation authorities have been accused of subjecting Al-Fasfous to mistreatment. He was recently transferred from the Negev prison to Eshel prison, denied family visits, and fined in an attempt to pressure him to end his hunger strike.
Recurrent Administrative Detention
Al-Fasfous, a 34-year-old resident of Hebron, was rearrested on May 2, 2023, under administrative detention, a practice he has repeatedly faced since 2007.
In addition, Al-Fasfous previously spent approximately seven years in Israeli prisons, during which he was held under administrative detention.
History of Hunger Strikes
This marks the third hunger strike undertaken by Al-Fasfous. In 2021, he embarked on a 131-day hunger strike, and in 2019, he protested his administrative detention for an extended period.
Individual hunger strikes by Palestinian detainees have been on the rise this year, particularly in opposition to the widespread use of administrative detention against various segments of the Palestinian community.
Currently, Israeli prisons hold 5,200 Palestinian detainees, with 1,264 of them being held under administrative detention, a group that comprises 20 children and four women, as reported by the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club.