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Group: Al-Rekhawi returns to hunger strike in Israel jail

Jan. 31, 2013 9:15 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 2, 2013 8:42 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- A Palestinian prisoner who went on hunger strike for 100 days last year has resumed his action after Israel reneged on a deal to release him, a prisoners' rights group said.

Akram al-Rekhawi re-started his hunger strike on Jan. 24, Addameer's lawyer Fares Ziad after visiting him in jail.

A father of eight, Al-Rekhawi suffers diabetes, asthma and osteoporosis and has been held in Ramle prison clinic since his arrest in 2004. He was due to be freed in June 2013 but went on hunger strike to demand his release on medical grounds.

Al-Rekhawi stopped his last strike in July after prison authorities agreed to release him six months early, the group said in a statement on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, prisoners society lawyer Jawad Bolous said Thursday another hunger-striker, Samer Issawi, was in a critical condition.

Issawi, who has been on partial hunger strike since August, now weighs just 47 kilos and "appears to be just bones," Bolous said.

Addameer urged Egypt, which has brokered deals to free Palestinian prisoners, to work to secure the release of the hunger-strikers.
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