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Palestine: Prisoner on hunger strike faces serious health complications

AA / Ramallah

A Palestinian human rights organization said a prisoner on a hunger strike in Israeli jails is facing a “critical state of health”.

The Palestinian Prisoners Club (a non-governmental organization), said in a statement reviewed by Anadolu Agency, that “prisoner Khalil Awawda (40) has been on a hunger strike for 63 days and faces a ” critical state of health”.

The statement added that the prisoner “was transferred, a few days ago, from Ramleh prison to the Israeli Assaf Harofeh hospital”.

“Despite the critical state of health he (Awawda) has reached, the occupation authorities persist in their intransigence and refusal to respond to his request to end his administrative detention,” the same statement added.

Awawda, from the town of Idna, west of Hebron (south), is the father of four daughters. He has been arrested several times, and his last arrest dates back to December 27, 2021. He is on a hunger strike against an administrative detention order issued against him, for a period of six months.

In a similar context, the Prisoners’ Club said that another detainee suffered a deterioration in his state of health, as he had been on a hunger strike for 28 days, also in protest against his administrative detention. .

The Club said that the detainee, Raed Rayan (27), “also suffers from a continual deterioration of his state of health, in his cell in Ofer prison (in the center of the West Bank)“.

Rayan is from the town of Bayt Duqu, northwest of Jerusalem, and has been administratively arrested several times, and his last arrest was on November 3, 2021.

Administrative detention is a military decision to imprison him, without trial, for a period of up to 6 months, subject to extension.

The number of Palestinian detainees in Israel is about 4,450, including about 530 administrative detainees, according to organizations specializing in prisoners’ affairs.

*Translated from Arabic by Mounir Bennour

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