Two Palestinian Administrative Detainees Continue Hunger Strike

Two Palestinian prisoners, Khalil Awawdeh and Ra’ed Rayan, have continued their open-ended hunger strike they staged in protest against their illegal administrative detention without charge or trial.

The Israeli administration of Ramla jail transferred Awawdeh, who has been on hunger strike for 63 days, a few days ago to a civilian hospital after a sharp decline in his health condition.

Despite his worsening health, the Israeli prison service refuses to end Awawdeh’s illegal detention and to release him.

Awawdeh, a father of four children, is from Idhna town in Hebron. He was kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces on December 27, 2021.

As for prisoner Ra’ed Rayan, he staged his hunger strike for 28 days to protest an Israeli decision extending his administrative detention for an additional four months.

Rayan, who is being held in Ofer jail, was kidnapped from his home in Beit Duqqu village, northwest of Occupied Jerusalem, on December 3, 2021, and soon later an Israeli military court ordered his detention administratively for six months.

4,450 Palestinians are currently held in Israeli jails, including 530 administrative detainees.

We hold Israeli occupation fully responsible for the prisoners’ lives, especially that they are illegally held without charge or trial for an indefinite period of time in flagrant violation of international laws.

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