96 Days on Hunger Strike
WEST BANK (MEMO) –
Palestinian detainee Khalil Awawdeh is suffering from severe health conditions, as he entered his 96th day of hunger strike on Tuesday to protest his so-called administrative detention in Israeli prison, without trial or charge.
Khalil, a father of four, was detained on 27 December, 2021, and placed in “administrative detention” – a policy that allows regime authorities to detain anyone for six months without charge or trial, which can be extended indefinitely.
According to the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS), the 40-year-old Palestinian prisoner has been having difficulty speaking and communicating. He is also suffering from severe pain throughout his body, especially in his lower limbs and muscles.
Following a visit to the Ramleh prison in central parts of the occupied territories, PPS attorney, Jawad Boulos reported, in addition to poor vision, Khalil was also vomiting blood and finding difficulty in breathing.
He was previously transferred to hospital but then returned to Ramleh Prison clinic, despite his health condition.
Palestinians staged a rally in the Gaza Strip on Monday, to show solidarity with Khalil and another hunger-striking detainee, Raed Rayan, also protesting his detention.
Demolished for 202nd Time
In another development, occupation forces on Tuesday demolished the Arab Bedouin village of al-Araqeeb in the southern Negev region for the 202nd time, Wafa News Agency reported.
According to residents, Zionist troops forced Palestinian women and children out of their homes and proceeded to destroy their belongings and shelters they had rebuilt from previous demolitions.
The village was demolished 14 times last year. Each time, its residents refuse to leave the area and persistently rebuild their homes, stressing that they will not leave their land.
Occupation forces continue their daily provocation of the residents of the Arab village, placing restrictions on their daily lives, executing daily raids and razing their lands and homes.
The village was first leveled in July 2010, and every time the residents of Al-Araqeeb rebuild their tents and small homes, occupation forces return to raze them, sometimes several times a month.