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Palestinian detainee Mohammed Al-Arda declares hunger strike

Occupied Palestine(The Inside Palestine)- The Palestinian prisoner Mohammed Al-Ardah declared hunger strike on Monday in protest against his inhuman detention conditions in Israeli jails.

Al-Ardah was recently held in solitary confinement as a punitive measure after he escaped from Gilboa prison last month along with five other prisoners.

His lawyer Karim Ajwa affirmed on Tuesday that Israeli prison authorities imposed last week further punitive measures against al-Ardah.

Held in solitary confinement monitored by cameras, al-Ardah has been denied his simple personal belongings including a blanket.

Quoting al-Ardah, the lawyer said that he is held in a very small dirty cell monitored by cameras.

Al-Ardah stressed he will continue the hunger strike till improving his detention conditions.

Mohammed Al-Ardah was among six Palestinian prisoners who escaped Gilboa prison, one of Israel’s most secure jails, via a hand-made tunnel.

An Israel Prison Service official described the escape as “a major security and intelligence failure”. Palestinian resistance groups hailed it as “heroic”.

The prisoners were re-captured separately after several days during which Israeli authorities had launched a manhunt.

Since his re-arrest, Al-Ardah has been subjected to tough investigation. He was deprived of food, sleep and medical care while enduring intensive rounds of interrogation.

Source: The Palestinian Information Center

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