Some 400 Islamic Palestinian prisoners started a hunger strike on Wednesday in protest of Israel’s repressive measures, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.
The Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) said in a press release that the prisoners have gone on the open-ended hunger strike in protest of the punitive measures imposed against them by the Israeli Prison Services (IPS) following the escape of six prisoners from Gilboa Prison in September.
BREAKING | More than 400 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have started an open-ended hunger strike in protest of the ongoing Israeli repressive measures against them, according to prisoners' rights groups. pic.twitter.com/z5QLreNC3o
— Quds News Network (@QudsNen) October 13, 2021
PPS added that the IPS administration started overnight to forcibly transfer the hunger-striking prisoners to separate cells because of their political affiliation, a move that was vehemently opposed by the prisoners.
Following the escape of six Palestinian political prisoners from the highly-fortified Gilboa Prison on September 6, IPS clamped down on Palestinian prisoners.
— The Palestine Chronicle (@PalestineChron) October 13, 2021
The escape triggered a massive manhunt for the escapees, who were later recaptured. The six political prisoners now face additional charges in addition to their original life sentences.
(WAFA, PC, Social Media)