Ayman Sharawna, a Palestinian prisoner released in October 2011 in the prisoner exchange and the first such former prisoner re-arrested (on January 31, 2012) has launched an open hunger strike inside the occupation prisons. He has been held with no charges for nearly six months after his abduction in a nighttime military raid on his village of Dura, near al-Khalil (Hebron.)

Addameer confirmed today that Sharawna launched an open hunger strike on July 1 and is now on his 16th day of hunger strike. Addameer lawyer Khaled al-Araj saw Ayman in a secret hearing at Ofer prison.

Ayman Sharawna is currently being held in solitary confinement in Ramon prison.  Addameer noted that more information would soon be forthcoming about Ayman’s case.

Saber Abu Karsh, director of the Waed Association, speaking to the Palestine Information Centre about this case, said earlier that “the Israeli occupation is still practicing its crimes against our people and our prisoners and continues violating agreements with the prisoners where it re-arrested ex-detainees who were freed in Wafa al-Ahrar deal as well as delaying prisoners’ families’ visits and isolating prisoners.”