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Israel transfers hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner to Ashkelon

Dec. 4, 2016 6:28 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 4, 2016 8:35 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- The Israel Prison Service (IPS) has transferred Palestinian hunger-striking prisoner Ammar Ibrahim Hamour from the Ktziot prison to the Ashkelon detention center, according to a statement from the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) released on Sunday.

PPS noted that 28-year-old Hamour, from the northern occupied West Bank city of Jenin, declared his hunger strike on Nov. 21, in protest against his administrative detention -- internment without charge or trial.

Meanwhile, Palestinian prisoners Anas Shadid and Ahmad Abu Farah, both from the southern West Bank village of Dura, continued their hunger strikes in Israel’s Assaf Herofeh medical center, for the 72nd and 73rd consecutive days respectively, after the head of the hospital warned ON Wednesday of the risk of their “sudden death.”

The two rejected a deal offered this week by the Israeli prosecution that would have seen their administrative detention renewed for another four months, but with a guarantee of release at its conclusion.

Scores of Palestinian prisoners have launched hunger strikes in the past year to protest various issues, most notably administrative detention. The most prominent hunger strikers included Muhammad al-Qiq, Bilal Kayid, and brothers Muhammad and Mahmoud Balboul.

Although Israeli authorities claim the withholding of evidence during administrative detention, which allows detention for three- to six-month renewable intervals, is essential for state security concerns, rights groups have instead claimed the policy allows Israeli authorities to hold Palestinians for an indefinite period of time without showing any evidence that could justify their detentions.

Rights groups have claimed that Israel's administrative detention policy has been used as an attempt to disrupt Palestinian political and social processes, notably targeting Palestinian politicians, activists, and journalists.

According to Addameer, 7,000 Palestinians were being held in Israeli prisons as of October, 720 of whom were being held in administrative detention.

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