Imprisoned Palestinian lawmaker suspends hunger strike
Published Thursday 23/01/2014 (updated) 25/01/2014 09:31
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- An imprisoned Palestinian lawmaker on Thursday suspended his hunger strike and was removed from solitary confinement, the prisoner's wife said.
Yasser Mansour, a lawmaker from Nablus who is currently held in an Israeli prison in the Negev, decided to end his hunger strike in order to allow the prison administration to respond to his demands, his wife Samar Adnan said.
Mansour's decision was made in coordination with other prisoners, Adnan added, without providing further details.
Mansour began his hunger strike on Friday in protest against his ongoing administrative detention without trial.
He is affiliated with the Hamas movement.
Over 5,200 Palestinians are currently being held in Israeli jails according to the Palestinian Authority's Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs.
Since 1967, more than 650,000 Palestinians have been detained by Israel, representing 20 percent of the total population and 40 percent of all males in the occupied territories.
Under international law, it is illegal to transfer prisoners outside of the occupied territory in which they are detained, and the families of Palestinian prisoners' face many obstacles in obtaining permits to see their imprisoned relatives.
The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.