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Most of hunger-striking detainees suffer from life-threatening health

Occupied Palestine (The Inside Palestine)- Seven Palestinian prisoners have been on open-ended hunger strike for different periods in protest at their detention administratively, with no indictments or trials.

Prisoner Kayed al-Fasfous, from Dura town in al-Khalil, is considered the longest hunger striker as he has been on hunger strike for 102 days.

The other hunger-striking administrative detainees are Miqdad al-Qawasmeh, Alaa al-Araj, Hisham Abu Hawash, Shadi Abu Aker and Eyyad al-Harimi and Ra’fat Abu Rabiee. They have been on hunger strike for 95, 78, 69, 61, 32 and 8 days respectively.

Most of the hunger strikers, especially Fasfous and Qawasmeh, suffer from life-threatening health issues due to their protracted hunger strike, according to the Palestinian Commission of Detainees’ and Ex-Detainees’ Affairs.

The Commission accused the Israeli occupation authority of trying to kill the hunger strikers slowly instead of taking a decision ending their administrative detention.

In a related context, the mother of hunger striker Miqdad al-Qawasmeh said that the health condition of her son worsened sharply and reached a critical stage.

She appealed to Jordanian King Abdullah II and the Palestinian Authority leadership to intervene to save her son’s life and work on having him transferred to a Jordanian or Palestinian hospital.

Source: The Palestinian Information Center

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