8 May 2012

Appeal by prison hunger strikers rejected

12:53 pm on 8 May 2012

The High Court in Israel has rejected an appeal requesting the release of two Palestinian prisoners who are in the 70th day of a hunger strike.

Judges ruled that the two men remained a security risk to Israel and that their hunger strike was not a reason to release them from administrative detention.

Bilal Diab, 27, has been held under administrative detention since August 2011, while Thaer Halahla, 34, has been detained since June 2010.

They are suspected of security offences and are being held without charge or trial.

After the decision was issued, their lawyer said they intended to ''continue their strike to the end''.

More than 1500 prisoners have joined the hunger strike since the middle of April.