Palestinian prisoner Khalil Awawda, 40, completed 87 days, while Raed Rayan, 27, competed 52 days of their ongoing hunger strike against their administrative detention.
On Tuesday, May 24, a day after the Israeli Supreme Court decided to transfer Awawda to the hospital due to his critical health condition, the occupation authorities returned him to the Ramle clinic hospital, dispite his deteriorating condition.
Awawda and Rayan suffer from severe joint pain, headache, severe dizziness, blurred vision, and inability to walk.
It is worth mentioning that the occupation prison administration has transferred Awawda to civilian hospitals many times to undergo medical examinations, but doesn’t enable him to do so and returns him back to prison, claiming that he has not reached a critical stage.
Awawda, father of four, from Hebron, was arrested for the fifth time on December 27, 2021, with an administrative detention order for six months, which is also his third administrative detention.
Rayan, from Jerusalem, was arrested on November 3, 2021, in an administrative detention for six months. His administrative detention was renewed for another four months, after which he began his open hunger strike. He had previously spent 21 months in administrated detention.
Administrative detention is detention without charge or trial, and without allowing the detainee or his lawyer to have access to inspect the evidence.
Last April, the Israeli occupation authorities issued 154 administrative detention orders against a number of Palestinian prisoners, for periods ranging from two to six months, renewable several times.
The number of Palestinian prisoners in the occupation prisons is estimated at 4,450, including about 530 administrative detainees.