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Prisoner's health deteriorates after 35 days on hunger strike

July 22, 2015 5:06 P.M. (Updated: July 29, 2015 12:00 P.M.)
Palestinians protesters hold portraits of Samer Issawi, a Palestinian prisoner who went on a hunger strike in 2013. (AFP/File)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The health of a Palestinian prisoner who on Wednesday entered his 35th day on hunger strike is beginning to deteriorate, a prisoners' rights group said.

Uday Isteiti, a 24-year-old from Jenin, began his hunger strike last month to protest the Israeli practice of administrative detention, under which he has been held without charge or trial since November 16 of last year.

He is one of four prisoners currently on hunger strike protesting the Israeli policy including Muhammad Allan, 33, who also entered his 35th day.

A lawyer for the Palestinian Prisoner's Society (PPS) said during a visit to Isteiti in the Ela jail in Beersheba inside of Israel that he is losing weight and suffering pain and weakness across his body.

The lawyer added that Isteiti is refusing to take salt, sugar or medical tests and is only drinking water.

PPS said that the the Israeli Prison Service is pressuring Isteiti to end the hunger strike before achieving his demands.

He said they are moving him between several jails and that the confinement room he is held in lacks the most basic living conditions.

The prison service is refusing to provide him with clothes, allow him to enter the jail’s compound or receive visits from his family, PPS added.

Palestinians held in administrative detention can be held without charge or trial for months or years, and are denied access to the evidence that led to their detention.

In addition to Isteiti and Allan, Palestinian prisoner Moussa Sufan entered his third day on hunger strike Wednesday in protest of being denied medical treatment for a medical condition. He is is currently being held in the Ramon prison.

Meanwhile, Jordanian prisoner Abdullah Abu Jaber is on his fourth day of hunger strike, demanding that he either be deported back to Jordan or be moved to Jordanian jails to see out the rest of his 20-year sentence there.

Earlier this month, the Israeli authorities agreed to release Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan after they struck a deal to end a 55-day hunger strike he began in June to protest his administrative detention.

Adnan had been detained in July last year and sentenced to administrative detention for the 10th time in his life.

His hunger strike, which brought him near death by the time it concluded last month, was the second he had undertaken, following a 66-day long hunger strike in 2012 that also ended in his release.
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