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Palestinian prisoners end their 65-day hunger strike after release | Prison News

Ghadanfar Abu Atwan was released from Israeli detention and transferred to Istishari Hospital in the occupied West Bank.

After the hunger strike lasted for more than two months, a Palestinian man detained without charge has been released from an Israeli detention facility.

Ghadanfar Abu Atwan, 28, arrived at Ramallah Istishari Hospital in the occupied West Bank on Thursday and was received by hundreds of blessings and supporters, including Palestinian Minister of Health Mai al-Kaila.

In a brief statement to the official Palestinian television station, Abu Atwan paid tribute to the Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli prison who supported him during the hunger strike, led by his uncle Munif Abu Atwan, the latter Is serving a sentence.

Abu Atwan was arrested in October last year at his home in the town of Dura in the occupied West Bank and sentenced to a six-month administrative detention order.

Israel uses an administrative detention policy to arrest and detain Palestinians without formal charges, usually because of suspected security crimes that Israel has not disclosed.

Human rights groups slammed these renewable orders, saying the policy violated the rights of prisoners.

After the administrative detention order was renewed on May 5, Abu Atwan went on a hunger strike. The Palestinian Prisoners Club, an organization advocating the rights of Palestinians detained by Israel, claimed that he was abused and beaten.

Abu Atwan was transferred to the Kaplan Hospital in Israel in June. Although the Israeli authorities announced that they had frozen his detention order, he continued on hunger strike until he was released.

Ghadanfar Abu Atwan receives visitors at a hospital near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank [Abbas Momani/AFP]

After Abu Athwan arrived in Ramallah, the Pakistani Minister of Health told the local media that the medical team would follow up Abu Athwan’s condition and conduct all necessary examinations and treatments.

She said that the Israeli authorities had “seriously ignored” Palestinian prisoners. Apart from failing to provide necessary preventive measures, they did not provide minimum treatment requirements, especially in the case of the spread of COVID-19.

“All international human rights institutions and organizations should urgently intervene to stop the racist policies of occupation and its deliberate neglect of prisoners’ health and deprive them of the necessary treatment,” al-Kaila said.

Before Abu Atwan’s release, dozens of Palestinian human rights organizations issued a Urgent appeal A warning to the United Nations (UN) special procedures that the life threat of Abu Atwan is imminent.

“The Occupying Power’s Issuance and Confirmation of the Administrative Detention Order [Israel] This year it has increased sharply and has become a key feature of Israel’s suppression of Palestinians fighting for the right to self-determination,” said the appeal.



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