Three women in Ashdod began a hunger strike on Wednesday in protest of the authorities’ neglect of living conditions in their neighborhood, Israel Radio reported.

The women claimed their residential block has numerous building code violations, including asbestos-coated ceilings, exposed gas piping, and flooring constructed in an unsafe and illegal method known as Pal-Kal.

Amigour, a development company affiliated with the Jewish Agency, told Israel Radio that inspections conducted on site showed it met environmental standards and the concentration of asbestos was lower than the maximum legal limit.