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Reference : V-P-IL-E-02551
Date : 15/05/2012
Caption : West Bank, Jenin. Yafa, 7 years old, here with her two sisters, holds a picture of her father. He was on hunger stike for almost a month, along with 1,600 other Palestinian detainees.
Photographer : MAGDA AND ANDREA
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC/Andrea and Magda
Description : The hunger strike last from 17 April 2012 to 14 May 2012.

ICRC website, Feature, 25-05-2012

Israel/the occupied territories: families of Palestinian detainees between hope and fear

Thousands of Palestinian families living in the West Bank have relatives in Israeli places of detention. It is difficult to maintain direct contact between detainees and their families, leading to suffering and to problems within the families. The Israeli authorities suspended family visits during the recent hunger strike by Palestinian detainees between March and May 2012, causing a great deal of anxiety and concern for detainees and families alike.


Yafa and her mother Abir
The father of Yafa (7) was recently on hunger strike for almost a month, along with 1,600 other Palestinian detainees. Her mother Abir and one of her sisters are prohibited from visiting him.
Normal life came to a halt for the family during the hunger strike. “I smoked an additional half a packet of cigarettes a day, I watched the news all night and I couldn’t eat,” says Abir.
The last time Yafa saw her father, in March 2012, she was able to hug him, which is usually not allowed. During the hunger strike, the ICRC visited her father in prison and kept the family informed about his condition.

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