RAMALLAH, April 18 (NNN-Petra) � More than 1300 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails early Monday started an open hunger strike coinciding with the Palestinian Prisoner’s Day.

Detainees in the Asqalan, Nafha, Ramon, Hadarim, Gilboa and Be’er as-Sabe’ (Beersheba) prisons returned their meals and declared the beginning of their hunger strike.

Chairman of the Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs Commission, Issa Qaraqe, said in a statement that the prisons are protesting against the Israeli violations and policies, including medical neglect, administrative detention and solitary confinement as well as preventing family visits.

He added that the number of prisoners intend to join the strike is likely to increase during the upcoming days, calling on the human rights organizations to compel Israel to respect international law and expose violations in its prisons.

Qaraqe emphasized the importance of this strike that is headed by Marwan Barghouti.

The number of collective strikes carried out by the Prisoner Movement since 1967 reached around 23 strikes, the last of which was in 2014 by the administrative prisoners in the occupation prisons and lasted for 63 days.

Source: NAM News Network