Relatives of Jordanian Prisoners in Israel on Hunger Strike
Relatives of four Jordanian men jailed in Israel launched Friday a hunger strike to press for their release, the brother of one of the prisoners said in press statements.
Saleh Ajluni said the action would be "open-ended" and aimed at expressing solidarity with the detainees, adding that the prisoners were in poor health.
"This hunger strike is a symbolic gesture and aimed at raising the slogan 'death or freedom' for the sake of the detainees," Ajluni said in statements carrried by Al-Dustour Arabic-language daily.
He hoped the action would put pressure on the Jordanian authorities to secure the speedy release of the four, namely his brother Sultan Ajluni, Amin al-Sanee, Salem Abu Ghaliun and Khaled Abu Ghaliun.
The four are serving life sentences in Israel. They were jailed before the signing of the Jordan-Israel peace treaty in October 1994, after being accused of carrying out deadly attacks against Israeli targets.
In January the four appealed to King Abdullah II to seek their release, saying that all other Jordanian prisoners in Israel have been set free except for them.
Israel released over the past couple of years around 18 Jordanian detainees - (AFP)
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