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Prisoners group: Hunger strikes affecting detainees' health

Oct. 3, 2011 1:50 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 5, 2011 2:19 A.M.)
QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian prisoner in Israel's Ashkelon jail is suffering from repeated fainting spells after taking part in a hunger strike against worsening prison conditions, the Palestinian Prisoners' Society said Monday.

Palestinian detainees in prisons across Israel are on hunger strike for the seventh consecutive day in protest against being forced into isolation cells and being deprived of family visits.

Akram Mansour, who has been serving a life sentence since August 1979, has brain cancer and the hunger strike is affecting his health causing black outs, the society said.

The Israeli prison service refused to transfer Mansour to the prison clinic, they added.

The society also said hunger strikers in the southern Israeli jail feared retaliation from prison guards, after authorities entered their rooms and photographed them.

On Sunday, prisoner support group Addameer said Palestinian detainees affiliated to Hamas and Fatah were joining the Popular Front prisoners who launched the strike, primarily over the policy of solitary confinement.

According to latest reports from the Palestinian Authority, 6,000 Palestinians are being detained in Israeli prisons, including 219 in Administrative Detention who are held without charge.
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