0813 GMT September 18, 2021
Tensions have been running high since six inmates staged a dramatic escape from a high-security jail in northern Israel on September 6, via a tunnel dug under a sink. Four of them have since been recaptured, according to AFP.
Hundreds of their fellow inmates were transferred to other jails and personal items confiscated in searches carried out by guards, according to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club.
He said 1,380 prisoners — of more than 4,000 Palestinians held in Israeli jails — will begin the hunger strike on Friday, to be joined by other inmates next week.
“The situation is very bad in the prisons; that’s why they’re going on a hunger strike,” Qadri Abu Bakr, head of the Palestinian Authority’s commission for prisoners, told AFP.
A Palestinian prisoners’ advocacy group issued an ultimatum for Israel to quit repressive measures against inmates in the wake of an escape by the inmates from the Israeli prison.
Addressing a pro-prisoner sit-in outside the Red Cross headquarters in Gaza City on Monday, Ibrahim Mansour, a senior official from the Palestinian Captive Movement, said Palestinian people and factions would take massive steps if the Israeli violations persisted against the inmates.
Mansour gave the Israel Prison Service (IPS) until September 17 to revoke the punitive measures against those languishing behind bars in the Israeli jail, adding, “The prisoners would start an open-ended battle as of Friday if Israeli jailers did not respond to their demand.”