RAMALLAH, Palestine (AA): Fifteen sick Palestinian detainees are to stage a hunger strike to protest their prison conditions in Israel, according to a local NGO.
“The strike aims to protest their harsh prison conditions amid a rise in the number of sick detainees and a policy of medical negligence” pursued by prison authorities, the Palestinian Prisoner Society said in a statement.
The prisoners want Israeli prison authorities to provide them with medical attention within a short time, particularly for detainees with chronic diseases.
There was no comment from the Israeli authorities on the move.
According to Palestinian figures, Israel currently detains some 4,800 Palestinians, including 700 sick prisoners who are denied access to necessary medical assistance. This has led to many preventable prisoner deaths in recent days.