Palestinian prisoners affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in the southern prisons – Eshel, Nafha, Ramon and Negev – held a partial hunger strike on Friday and Saturday, August 2 and 3, in solidarity with the imprisoned PFLP leader, Mohammad Rimawi, who is one of five Palestinian prisoners holding Jordanian citizenship who has been on hunger strike for 91 days.
Rimawi, held in Soroka Hospital, is suffering from poor health and heart disease, and is at risk of a serious heart attack, in particular as he suffers from other chronic diseases.
In a leaked letter, the prison branch of the PFLP said that this step is the first of a series of efforts, and will be followed by a partial hunger strike by PFLP prisoners in northern prisons, and by the comprehensive participation of all prisoners from the national and Islamic forces, at a time and with a program agreed upon by all forces.
The letter from the PFLP prison branch urged international institutions, human rights organizations, and the United Nations to act urgently to save Rimawi’s life. It also urged the Palestinian masses and national organizations to act to stand beside Rimawi and his fellow prisoners engaged in an open hunger strike.