Palestinian prisoners continue their hunger strike for 9th consecutive day

Jerusalem � Some 1,500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails continue their open hunger strike for the ninth consecutive day on Tuesday, to protest against their detention and life conditions.

Head of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Committee Issa Qaraqa said on Tuesday that the hunger-striking prisoners began to suffer from deteriorating health condition, amid Israel's refusal to discuss their fair demands and blocking the lawyers from visiting them.

Qaraqe explained that groups of non-striking prisoners are likely to join the mass open-ended hunger strike within hours, in response to the Israeli crackdown on the prisoners who began their hunger strike on April 17.

Referring to Arab and international contacts to end the suffering of the Palestinian prisoners, Qaraqe expressed the hope that these contacts will succeed in making a decision that would end the hardships of the prisoners. He added that the coming days will see wide-scale popular activities in solidarity with the prisoners in the battle of "Freedom and Dignity".

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Source: International Islamic News Agency