Al-Fasfous, Khalouf continue hunger strike amid worsening health
Sultan Khalouf and Kayed al-Fasfous persist with the Battle of Empty Stomachs despite worsening health conditions.
The Muhjat Al-Quds Foundation has reported that the detainees, Kayed al-Fasfous from Dura in al-Khalil and Sultan Khalouf from Birqin in Jenin, continue their open-ended hunger strike for the 47th consecutive day, in protest of their arbitrary administrative detention, amidst worsening health conditions.
The foundation highlighted that the health of the two prisoners al-Fasfous and Khalouf is deteriorating with each passing day. Israeli authorities have refused to address their demand to end their arbitrary administrative detention and have been delaying their transfer to civilian hospitals, keeping them confined in prison cells.
Kayed al-Fasfous, 34, married and a father of one girl, was re-arrested by Israeli authorities into administrative detention on May 2nd, 2022. He is a former prisoner who has spent approximately seven years in Israeli jails.
In 2007, he embarked on a hunger strike at the end of May, lasting for nine days. In 2021, he also staged a 131-day hunger strike against his administrative detention.
Sultan Khalouf, who is aged 42, is being detained in the clinic of "Ramle" prison, where he is suffering from severe health conditions. He has been transferred to civilian hospitals several times. Israeli authorities re-arrested him on August 3rd of the previous year, with a four-month administrative detention order issued against him and subsequently confirmed by the Israeli court. The court has also postponed its decision on the recent appeal filed by his lawyer against his administrative detention.
Khalouf is also a former prisoner who spent four and a half years in Israeli prisons and previously staged a 67-day hunger strike in 2019, protesting his administrative detention.
The Israeli occupation authorities employ the policy of administrative detention as a form of psychological torture on detainees. Moreover, administrative detention court hearings are conducted in a non-public manner, depriving the prisoners of their right to a fair and open trial.
Earlier this week, the Supreme National Committee for the Palestinian Captive Movement stressed its support for hunger-striking prisoners in Israeli occupation prisons, affirming that they will not be left to their own fate.
The Committee pointed out that this is part of its efforts to develop a new situation that prevents the implementation of the Israeli occupation’s scheme of singling out prisoners, explaining that the martyrdom of any prisoner inside the prison will be considered a direct assassination committed by the occupation.
It called on all relevant and competent authorities to intervene and open a dialogue with the hunger-striking prisoners to fulfill their demands and end their strike as soon as possible, holding the Israeli occupation fully responsible for the lives and safety of the prisoners.