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Prisoners society: Shalabi in serious condition

March 27, 2012 10:16 P.M. (Updated: March 28, 2012 1:31 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Palestinian hunger-striker Hana Shalabi reiterated Tuesday she will not back down, while a lawyer for a prisoners rights group says the detainee is now in serious condition.

Jawad Bulus of the Palestinian prisoners society visited Shalabi in Maer hospital in Kfar Saba and reported that she was in serious condition.

The visit was to inform Shalabi about the decision of the military court’s judge who rejected her appeal, and to inform her of a petition submitted to the Israeli supreme court in her name.

Hana expressed anger upon hearing the decision but has not lost hope, Bulus said.

She was suffering nose bleeds and sores in her mouth, which had raised her concerns, but the director of Israel's Phsyicians for Human Rights visited her and prescribed vitamins for the water she continues to drink.

The hospital intends to keep her for a few more days to monitor her condition, Bulus added.

The ethics committee of Meir Hospital may consider force-feeding Shalabi, rights groups said Monday.

The committee was scheduled to meet Tuesday to discuss Shalabi's case and could discuss force-feeding her, Addameer prisoner rights group and Physicians for Human Rights said in a statement.

Amnesty International warned forcible feeding "could constitute cruel and inhuman treatment," a release from the group said.
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