Some 32 prisoners hunger strike in solidarity with former detainee

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Hunger striking is considered a violation of prison rules, so the strikers were moved to isolation and put in cells with no furniture as a punishment.

Some 32 Palestinian prisoners began a hunger strike on Monday at Ayalon Prison in solidarity with a hospitalized former administrative detainee who is also on hunger strike, according to the "Israel" Prisons Service spokesperson.

Hunger striking is considered a violation of prison rules and so the strikers were moved to isolation and put in cells with no furniture as a punishment.

The former administrative detainee, who is hospitalized at the Kaplan Medical Center, was detained until a September 22 ruling by Israel's Supreme Court and is no longer in the care of the Prisons Service.

The IPS said that it has a "zero tolerance policy towards violations of rules" and that, "as always, we will respond professionally and determinedly to hunger strikes even during the complex situation posed by the coronavirus."

Source: The news first appeared on Jerusalem Post, along with the cover photo, captioned as: Palestinian prisoners wait to be released from Ketziot prison, southern "Israel", October 1, 2007 (photo credit: RONEN ZVULUN / REUTERS)

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