Haim Geron, one of the prosecution witnesses in the trial of former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and his wife, Este, were killed in a light plane crash in Greece on Monday, while the Palestinian prisoners decided to go on an open hunger strike to improve their living conditions, starting from Friday, after the restrictions The security measures taken by Israel after the escape of the six prisoners from Gilboa prison.
Greece announced on Tuesday that it would open an investigation into the crash of the private plane, while Israeli media indicated that the names of the Groen couple, the only victims of the accident, had been approved for publication on Tuesday.
According to media reports, Giron, who previously served as deputy director of the Ministry of Communications, had taken off with his wife in a light Cincinna 172 plane on Monday evening from Haifa to Macedonia before the wreckage of the plane was found near the Greek island of Samos.
According to Greek media, the cause of the crash is still unknown, however, preliminary estimates indicate that there were technical difficulties before the accident.
Reuters quoted the Greek authorities, without details, as saying that a plane crashed into the sea near the island of Samos, on Monday evening, killing the two passengers on board. The Greek aviation authority said the plane took off from Israel to Samos, and disappeared from radar over the sea.
The incident came a day after Netanyahu’s trial resumed after a three-month hiatus, with the questioning of the former CEO of Walla, Ilan Yeshua, continuing. Netanyahu, the leader of the opposition, was not present at the Jerusalem District Court hearing, after being granted an exemption from the court.
On the other hand, the head of the Palestinian Prisoners Affairs Authority, Qadri Abu Bakr, said on Tuesday that the Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons are determined to carry out a mass hunger strike, starting Friday, to protest the deterioration of their conditions after six of them escaped from Gilboa prison last week. Abu Bakr described the situation as “very bad inside the prisons.”
Abu Bakr confirmed that 1,380 prisoners distributed among eight prisons have joined the strike as an initial step, and hundreds of others will join them on Tuesday.
Palestinian detainees resort from time to time to hunger strikes as a means to achieve their life demands or to protest their administrative detention.
Yesterday, dozens of officials and families of Palestinian detainees organized a sit-in in front of the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Ramallah, in solidarity with their children. The participants in the sit-in carried pictures of the six detainees who had managed to escape, and chanted for them.
The ICRC had informed the Prisoner’s Club last week that family visits to their children would be suspended for three days.
Later yesterday, the committee’s spokesman confirmed in a statement the resumption of the family visits program for detainees, starting next Sunday. (agencies)