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Hamas lawmaker on hunger strike to protest detention
Published Wednesday 22/01/2014 (updated) 22/01/2014 14:50
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NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Hamas-affiliated lawmaker Sheikh Yasser Mansour entered his sixth day on hunger strike Wednesday to protest being detained without trial by Israel since November 2012.

Yasser Mansour started hunger strike action on Friday in Israel's Negev prison and is also refusing to take medicine, his brother Samir told Ma'an.

Mansour, 47, was detained on Nov. 24, 2012, after Israeli forces raided his home in Nablus. He has served two six month terms of administrative detention and a third term was recently renewed by Israeli authorities.

Mansour is a member of the inactive Palestinian Legislative Council, representing Hamas.

Israel is currently holding over 140 Palestinians in administrative detention, a procedure which allows Israeli authorities to hold detainees indefinitely on secret information without trial or charge.
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