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A Palestinian prisoner serving an innocent sentence in an Israeli prison has gone on a hunger strike, prompting a series of hunger strikes that have raised concerns around the world.
According to the report, the prisoner had been on a hunger strike for the last four months in protest of his incarceration without charge or trial.
Palestinian man Hashim Abu Hawash, a father of five, has been detained without charge or trial.
Abu Hawash’s innocence has led to a wave of outrage among Palestinians over his imprisonment and displeasure, and he has been protesting for his release as well as raising his voice on social media.
According to the report, under ‘administrative detention’, suspects can be imprisoned for up to six months without informing them of the charges or evidence against them and this period can be extended. Medical sources say that the condition of Palestinian prisoners is very worrying.
As per the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), clinical groups met with Abu Hawash and thought that he is in basic condition.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says a Palestinian prisoner needs medical attention to improve his condition. He has not eaten for the past 140 days.
A member of the human rights group said in a statement that the way Israel was using the weapon of administrative detention was “absolutely cruel.”
He said Abu Hawash was one of 550 detainees held by Israel under administrative detention.