On Thursday evening, the Palestinian Detainees' Committee stated that five detainees in Israeli prisons began an open-ended hunger strike in protest of being kept without accusation or trial under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders.
The Committee announced in a press statement that four of the detainees are held in Ramon Israeli prisoner and identified them as Mahmoud al-Fasfouss and Rafat Daraweesh, from Doura, south of Hebron in southern West Bank, in addition to Guevara Nammoura from Ramallah, in central West Bank, and Moayyad Khatib from Bethlehem, all held in the Ramon prison, and Kayed al-Fasfouas who is held in the Negev Detention Camp.
The Committee clarified that the occupation Administrative Detention orders are direct violations of International Humanitarian Law, especially since neither the prisoners nor their lawyers, can know the reason for their imprisonment since the occupation claims it has “secret files” against the detainees.
Israel is holding captive 4850 Palestinians, including 540 who are held under the Administrative Detention orders according to data by the Ad-Dameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association.
The Palestinian detainees including, 41 female prisoners, 225 children, and 12 democratically elected Legislative Council Members.