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Hama Central Prison hunger strike enters eighth consecutive day; Syrian government Minister of Justice plans to visit prison

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Editing: Amena Riyad |
TranslationEditor: Vera Halvorsen |
Translation: Maan Salti
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Publication date: 2018/11/20 10:06

Hama - SMART

The hunger strike of the detainees in the Hama Central Prison in the city of Hama, Central Syria, has entered its eighth consecutive day, as the Syrian government Minister of Justice plans to visit the prison.

On Tuesday, a private source from inside the prison told SMART that the Syrian government Minister of Justice will visit the prison and listen to the detainees' demands and try to find a solution.

The source said that organizations such as the Red Crescent or the Red Cross have not yet visited the prison, although the strike continues and the health of several of the inmates has declined.

The source confirmed that the communication has ben cut from the prison, as the Syrian government forces circles the prison with a device on a vehicle to disrupt mobile phone and internet signals.

On Monday, the detainees in the Hama Central Prison demanded the Syrian government to meet with the Russians in the Hmeimim military base, after a Russian military committee canceled its visit to the prison to negotiate with the detainees.

The detainees called on the people to demonstrate in demand of releasing them, while the detainees' relatives canceled a demonstration that was supposed to take place in Hama's al-Assi Square for fear of detention.

Days earlier, several inmates, including 11 sentenced to death, received decisions to move them to the Saydnaya Military Prison to face their execution and life sentences, forcing them to enter into an open hunger strike. The detainees in the Hama Central Prison was captured by the Syrian government forces or participating in the huge Hama demonstrations for the Syrian Revolution in 2014.