RAMALLAH, Sunday, June 19, 2022 (WAFA) – Six Palestinian freedom fighters in Israeli prisons are currently on hunger strike to achieve their demands, according to the Palestinian Authority’s Detainees Affairs Commission.
Khalil Awawdeh, 40, from Dura town in the south of the West Bank, has been on hunger strike for 109 days, and Raed Rayyan, 27, from Beit Duqqo village near Jerusalem, for 74 days both in protest against their prolonged administrative detention without charge or trial.
Awawdeh is reported to be suffering from headaches, fatigue, pain in the joints, irregular heartbeats, frequent vomiting and significant loss of weight after 52 days of hunger strike.
Freedom fighter Zakaria Zubaidi, from Jenin refugee camp who in September 2021 was able to escape from prison with five other freedom fighters but were all later caught, has been on hunger strike for the 15 consecutive days in solidarity with Awawdeh and Rayyan.
At the same time, Abdullah Barghouti, from Ramallah area who is sentenced to 67 life terms, the longest sentence Israel has passed, continues his hunger strike for the tenth day in rejection of his solitary confinement.
Yaqoub Gawadra, from Jenin who is serving two life terms plus 35 years, is also on hunger strike for 15 days in protest of the difficult conditions of his isolation and demanding the restoration of his rights that were taken from him
Mohammad Nawara, from Ramallah and who is serving a life term, has also been on hunger strike for six days also in protest of his isolation for 11 months in a row.