Minister: Prisoners threaten mass hunger strike action
Published Saturday 26/01/2013 (updated) 30/01/2013 17:16
Palestinian children take part in a rally in front of the Red Cross
headquarters in Gaza City marking Palestinian Prisoners Day.
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority Minister of Prisoner Affairs warned Saturday that detainees in Israeli jails may launch mass hunger strike action if their conditions do not improve.
Issa Qaraqe said the situation in Israeli jails could "blow up at any time" if prison conditions remain the same, a statement said.
Prisoners are threatening to launch mass hunger strike action in April in protest against abusive practices by Israel's prison administration, which has stripped prisoners of all their rights, Qaraqe added.
Around 2,000 prisoners joined a mass hunger strike launched in April 2012 to demand fairer prison conditions.