RAMALLAH, A Palestinian woman incarcerated in Israel started yesterday an open-ended hunger strike to protest her detention without charge or trial for 14 consecutive months, the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) said today.

Fida Mohammad Daamas, 24, from Beit Ummar town in the south of the West Bank and a student at Al-Quds Open University, was detained in May of last year and placed under administrative detention for six months that have been renewed since then.

She is held at Damoun Prison in central Israel, said PPS, and had previously spent nine months in prison for resisting the occupation.

Palestinians held in indefinite administrative detention often resort to hunger strike to protest their incarceration without charge or trial for long periods of time and to demand their release.

The PPS said six other Palestinian men held in administrative detention at the Naqab desert prison in the south of Israel and at Ofer military camp and prison near Ramallah in the West Bank are currently on hunger strike demanding an end to their long detention without charge or trial.

The six were identified as Jaafar Izzeddin, 48, from the Jenin area, Ihsan Othman, 21, from the Ramallah area, Ahmad Zahran, 42, Mohammad Abu Aker, 24, and Mustafa Hasnat, 21, from Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem, and Huthayfa Halabieh, 28, from Abu Dis, near Jerusalem.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency