RAMALLAH, Palestine

Some 40 Palestinian prisoners launched an open-ended hunger strike on Wednesday in a prison in southern Israel

Held in Ashkelon prison, they are protesting deteriorating living conditions and escalating repressive measures by the prison administration.

Qadri Abu Bakr, head of the Palestinian Authority Prisoners’ Affairs Commission said: “Prisoners in Ashkelon prison informed the prison administration of their intention to start an open-ended hunger strike until their demands are met.”

Abu Bakr told Anadolu Agency that the prisoners were subjected to repressive measures and that their belongings were damaged by the authorities.

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