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Israeli prison authorities move hunger striker to Eshel prison

Dec. 19, 2016 10:22 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 19, 2016 10:22 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli prison authorities moved hunger-striking prisoner Ammar Ibrahim Hamour from Askhelon prison to Eshel prison on Monday, according to Karim Ajwa, a lawyer for the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners' Affairs.

Ajwa said that Hamour has gone 28 days without food in protest of his administrative detention -- Israel's widely condemned policy of internment without trial or charge under undisclosed evidence. 

He added that Hamour is in a difficult health condition and is being pressured by the prison authorities to end his strike. Arbitrary prison transfers is one of many tactics commonly used by Israel to pressure hunger strikers to end their strikes.

On Thursday, a lawyer from the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said they were still awaiting a court session that would issue a final order regarding an appeal submitted against Hamour’s administrative detention, noting that the hunger striker's detention is set to end on Feb. 14, 2017.

Israeli authorities have issued already two six-month administrative detention orders against Hamour since he was initially detained by Israeli forces more than nine months ago.

Hamour, 28, is from the village of Jabaa in the Jenin district of the northern occupied West Bank. 

Meanwhile, incarcerated hunger strikers Anas Shadid and Ahmad Abu Farah have been on hunger strikes for nearly 90 days in protest of their administrative detentions. An Israeli Supreme Court hearing is expected to be held on Tuesday regarding whether or not to force feed the two prisoners.
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