Palestinian prisoner Awad al-Saidi launches hunger strike to protest solitary confinement

awad-saidiPalestinian prisoner Awad Al-Saidi has gone on an open hunger strike protesting his solitary confinement,  Ahrar Center for Prisoners Studies and Human Rights revealed on June 26, 2013.

Director of Ahrar Center, Fuad Al-Khuffash, said in a statement Tuesday that Saidi has been on hunger strike for the second day demanding an end to his isolation, adding that he would only end his strike outside his isolation cell.

He said that Saidi was held in isolation after he retaliated to the Israeli jailors’ attack on detained Hamas leader Abbas Assayed by hitting an Israeli soldier in March 2012 and he has been in isolation since then.

Al-Khuffash asked human rights groups to back Saidi’s case, adding that Saidi turned down an Israeli offer to stop his strike in return for ending his isolation within two weeks.