Over 2000 Palestinian prisoners in occupation jails are now participating in an open-ended hunger strike that started April 17, and has been going on for 13 days. These prisoners join 8 other prisoners engaged in extended hunger strikes, including Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahleh, who have now been on hunger strike for 62 days, and Hassan Safadi, who has been on hunger strike for 55 days.

24 Palestinian prisoners in the prison hospital in Mejiddo prison announced a food and medicine strike will take place on Monday in solidarity with the rest of the prisoners who are fighting the battle of the empty stomachs in the occupation prisons for 13 days. Fuad al-Khafsh, director of the Ahrar centre for prisoners, said that “Although ill prisoners in hospital cannot physically tolerate an open-ended hunger strike, they are acting to support the prisoners’ morale and mobilize public support,” saying the prisoners are sufferin from diabetes and colon disease. Among these prisoners are journalist Nawaf al-Amer, teacher Mohammad Ghazal, and Saber Abu Assad.

The family of detained member of the Palestinian Legislative Council Mohammed Jamal Al-Natshe warned Sunday of his worsening health condition after 13 days of hunger strike in Israeli occupation jails. His wife said in a telephone conversation with the media bureau of the reform and change parliamentary bloc that her husband suffered worsening health condition as a result of the hunger strike.

She appealed to all international institutions to visit her husband in the desert prison of Nafha and to inquire about his health condition, adding that he is in need of constant medical checkup. The reform and change bloc held the Israeli occupation authority fully responsible for the life of the MP, and called for “the greatest campaign of solidarity and action y all means to highlight the issue of MP Natsheh and all deputies kidnapped in the prisons of the occupation.”