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Addameer: Jailed hunger strikers insist on freedom

Dec. 5, 2012 10:18 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 6, 2012 10:39 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Prisoner rights group Addameer on Wednesday called for the immediate release of five Palestinians on hunger strike in Israeli jails.

Addameer's lawyer Fares Zayyad visited Ayman Sharawna, on his 158th day of hunger strike, and Samer al-Issawi, on partial hunger strike for 127 days, in Ramle prison clinic on Monday.

Sharawna, 36, was released in Oct. 2011 in a prisoner swap deal. He refuses to end his strike without written confirmation that he will be freed, despite daily pressure by Israeli intelligence officers, Zayyad said.

Al-Issawi, who was also previously released in a prisoner exchange, says he will not end his strike unless he is released or dies.

He has been hospitalized several times after severe decreases in his pulse, but was only admitted to intensive care when his heart beat fell to 36 beats per minute.

Al-Issawi initially refused treatment but complied after he was threatened with a forced glucose injection, a life-threatening procedure.

On Saturday, al-Issawi collapsed during an examination with Ramle prison doctor. His lawyer says the doctor left the room, leaving al-Issawi lying unconscious on the floor.

The lawyer was denied permission to meet Oday Keilani, who has been on hunger strike for 46 days in protest at Israel's renewal of his detention without charge or trial, Addameer says.

Addameer called on the PLO and Islamic factions to support the prisoners and urged Egypt, which mediated the Oct. 2011 prisoner exchange, to pressure Israel to release the hunger strikers immediately.

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