Publish date8 Jun 2022 - 15:35
Story Code : 552756

Palestinian prisoner in critical condition after 97 days of hunger strike

Palestinian prisoner is reportedly in critical condition as he enters 97th day of hunger strike in protest against his administrative detention in Israeli jail.
Palestinian prisoner in critical condition after 97 days of hunger strike
The 40-year-old Palestinian prisoner has been having difficulty speaking and communicating. He is also suffering from severe pain throughout his body, especially in his lower limbs and muscles.

According to the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) Khalil Awawdeh, a father of four, was detained and placed in administrative detention on 27 December, 2021.

Administrative detention is a policy that allows Israeli authorities to detain anyone for six months without charge or trial, which can be extended indefinitely.

PPS attorney, Jawad Boulos reported following a visit to the Ramleh prison in central Israel that in addition to poor vision, Khalil was also vomiting blood and finding difficulty in breathing.

He was previously transferred to hospital but then returned to Ramleh Prison clinic, despite his health condition.

Palestinians staged a rally in the Gaza Strip yesterday, to show solidarity with Khalil and another hunger-striking detainee, Raed Rayan, also protesting his administrative detention.

Organized by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), the rally was held outside the office of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Gaza City.

PFLP member, Awad Al-Sultan held Israel fully responsible for the life of the Palestinian hunger strikers in his speech addressing the rally.

He called on the international human rights groups to send medical teams to examine the health conditions of the Palestinian hunger strikers and "to shed the light on the suffering of detainees in Israeli jails".

According to the Palestine Prisoner Society NGO, there are around 4,700 Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails, including around 600 held without charge or trial.
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