Three Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails are continuing their open-ended hunger strike in protest against their arbitrary and administrative detentions, all while their health continues to deteriorate.
According to a statement from the Hanthala Prisoners and Ex-Detainees Center, detainees Kaid Al-Fasfous and Sultan Khaluf have been on hunger strike for 42 days, firmly opposing their administrative detentions.
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.
In addition, 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.
The center also reported that Maher Al-Akhras, a 52-year-old detainee from the town of Sileh Al-Dhahr in Jenin, has been refusing food for 22 days in protest against his own detention. Al-Akhras is currently being held in the cells of the Jalameh detention center.
Al-Akhras was re-arrested on August 23, 2023, and immediately declared a hunger strike. He 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.