Health of Palestinian Hunger Strikers Seriously Deteriorates

تم نشره في Wed 10 May / May 2017. 12:00 AM
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RAMALLAH — Twenty-four days into the open hunger strike, the health of more than 1,600 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons has seriously deteriorated, while Israeli occupation authorities continue to refuse their legitimate demands in several Israeli prisons.


The Commission of Palestinian Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs said in a statement that some of the strikers started finding difficulties in walking and movements, having dizziness and pain in their stomachs.


"A number of strikers have refrained from drinking water for several hours, due to the increasing difficulties they face just by trying to walk to the toilets, including when trying to refill their water bottles", it added.


The Israeli prison authorities started moving tens of inmates and hunger strikers from Ar-Ramala prison to one of the field hospitals and again prevented the lawyer of the commission from visiting Marwan Barghouthi, who is under solitary confinement in al-Jalama prison.


The strike, which began on April 17, followed a call by Marwan Barghouti, the most high-profile Palestinian in Israeli detention, for a protest against poor conditions and an Israeli policy of detention without trial that has applied to thousands of prisoners since the 1980s.