The family of the Palestinian prisoner in Israeli prisons, Maher Al-Akhras, announced yesterday, Saturday, that they will join him in the hunger strike until his release.
“We announced the strike until my father was released and he was freed,” said reminder – the daughter of al-Akhras, who has been on hunger strike for 90 days.
Al-Akhras was arrested on 27 July, and the Israeli authorities transferred him to administrative detention, which prompted him to announce a hunger strike.
Administrative detention is a decision of detention without charge or trial, for a period of up to 6 months, which can be extended.
Reminder Al-Akhras added that the prisoner’s family and their solidarity activists attended Saturday evening in front of the room in which he is being held in the Israeli “Kaplan” hospital, and they have no information about his health condition.
“We are in front of the room in which my father is being held, and we are not allowed to enter it. There are security personnel and guards inside and outside the room,” she said. In reference to the Israeli Prisons Service.
And she added that the Prison Authority officers attacked her father on Friday “in a brutal manner,” adding, “Now they do not allow us to reach him.” “We do not hear his voice, and we fear that something bad has befallen him,” she said. “We are here in front of his room, on a hunger strike, and we will only leave when he is with us,” she added.
Earlier on Saturday, Palestinians demonstrated in solidarity with the mute prisoner in front of the hospital where he is, raising his photos and banners calling for his immediate release.
Al-Akhras’s lawyer, Ahlam Haddad, told Kan that the Israeli Supreme Court had issued a temporary order to postpone his transfer from Kaplan Hospital to a medical facility of the Prisons Authority. She added that another court session will be held on Sunday to discuss his case.
Recently, human rights demands have escalated from local and international bodies for the release of Al-Akhras. Fearing for his life after his health deteriorated.
According to human rights organizations, the number of Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons is about 4,400, including 39 women, about 155 children, and about 350 administrative detainees.