120 prisoners in Ofer join open-ended hunger strike

RAMALLAH, (PIC)— Fuad Al-Khafsh, the director of Ahrar center for prisoners’ studies and human rights, has said that 120 new prisoners joined on Thursday the massive hunger strike launched by Palestinians in Israeli occupation jails.

He told the PIC that the prisoners, all in Ofer jail, were 50 from Hamas, 40 from the popular front, and 30 from Fatah, adding that the Israeli prison service immediately transferred them to isolation ward 19 in the same prison.

Khafsh said that the prison administration confiscated all prisoners’ belongings including electric appliances, clothes, and even salt and left them only one set of clothes.

He quoted prisoners as saying that the prison administration provocatively searches their cells using police dogs at any time and on daily basis.

Meanwhile, a young Palestinian woman in Gaza was taken to hospital on Wednesday after ten days of solidarity hunger strike with those prisoners.

A spokesman for the Waed society for prisoners said that Amal Abu Sbaitan was taken to hospital after fainting at the solidarity sit-in tent in downtown Gaza.