Maher Al-Akhras Remains on Hunger Strike for 103rd Day to Protest Illegal Detention

Palestinian activists show solidarity with hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner Maher al-Akhras in Gaza’s Ministry of Prisoners on Tuesday, October 20. (Photos: Fawzi Mahmoud, The Palestine Chronicle)

Palestinian administrative detainee in Israeli jails Maher Al-Akhras, 49, remains on hunger strike for the 103rd day in a row in protest of his illegal detention without charge or trial by the Israeli occupation authorities.

Hassan Abed Rabbo, a spokesman of the Palestinian Authority’s Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs Commission, told WAFA yesterday that the health condition of prisoner Al-Akhras was further deteriorating, and that he was facing a danger of relapse in the heart, kidneys or lungs at any time, which puts his life at stake.

Abed Rabbo had earlier said there was a real concern that this will affect the vital functions of his body organs, such as kidneys, liver and heart, and therefore his life is at risk at any moment.

Al-Akhras, a father of six who comes from the northern West Bank district of Jenin, was detained on July 27 and slammed with a four-month administrative detention order without any clear charges and based on secret evidence not available even to his lawyers.

He immediately went on a hunger strike demanding his release from prison.

Attempts by his attorneys to have him spend the rest of his detention period at a Palestinian hospital have so far failed to yield results with the Israeli High Court insisting to keep him at an Israel hospital while refusing to end his illegal detention.

(WAFA, PC, Social Media)

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