Group: Abu Sisi to be moved out of solitary confinement
Published Wednesday 11/09/2013 (updated) 12/09/2013 15:47
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Jailed Gaza engineer Dirar Abu Sisi is due to be moved out of solitary confinement in the next 48 hours, a prisoners group said Wednesday.
Raafat Hamdona, media director from the Ahrar Center for Prisoners Studies, said Abu Sisi began a hunger strike on Aug. 16 to demand his release from solitary confinement and to be allowed family visits.
He will be moved from Eshel prison to another jail with better conditions after a deal was struck between prisoners' representatives and the Israeli prison administration.
PA ministry lawyer Rami al-Alami said that Abu Sisi suffers from severe health problems.
Israeli prison services spokeswoman Sivan Weizman said this week that all electrical appliances apart from a fan had been removed from Abu Sisi's cell after he went on hunger strike.
Abu Sisi, an engineer who was former technical director at Gaza's sole electricity plant, disappeared from a train in Ukraine in February 2011. Israel later announced it was holding him. According to the PA, Abu Sisi has spent his entire detention in solitary confinement.
According to a summary of charges by Israel, Abu Sisi is on trial for "activity in a terrorist organization, hundreds of counts of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and arms production offenses" as a member of Hamas.