Jerusalem: The Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli jails continue their open hunger strike for the 23rd consecutive day on Tuesday, in protest against their poor detention conditions.
The Israeli prison administration has subjected the prisoners who joined their fellow strikers to collective trials, imposed fines on them and deprived them of family visits in an attempt to thwart the open-ended hunger strike, launched by nearly 1,600 prisoners on April 17.
The National Committee for the Support of the Prisoners' strike said in a press statement that Israel's media was "waging a serious war of lies and misleading information to create a state of confusion in the Palestinian public and among hunger striking prisoners".
Head of the Palestinian Prisoners' Club Qadoura Fares said that Israel's resort to a systematic method of spreading rumors is a demonstration of the utter failure of its previous measures to break the strike and an indication of the steadfastness of the growing hunger strike movement.
In parallel with the strike, local solidarity activities continue with the striking prisoners throughout the Palestinian governorates, while Arab and European cities and capitals witness other solidarity activities with the prisoners.