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Islamic Jihad calls for escalation in support of Allan

Aug. 14, 2015 12:06 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 14, 2015 3:10 P.M.)
A Palestinian hunger striker lies in an ICRC tent in Gaza City in 2014.(AFP/File)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Islamic Jihad movement on Friday held Israel responsible for the life of hunger-striking prisoner Muhammad Allan, who is currently in a critical health condition.

The movement said in a statement that “the health condition of Muhammad Allan is very critical and it is certain that the Israeli authorities had taken a decision to let him face death because they have been unresponsive to his demands, underrating all human and legal rights of the prisoner.”

The statement added that the movement holds the state of Israel "fully responsible” for Allan’s life and that this is a “new crime” by Israel.

The Islamic Jihad said that “the death of prisoner Muhammad Allan will put us all in front of our responsibilities to defend our people and prisoners” demanding all concerned sides take immediate action while there is still time to save Allan’s life.

The movement called upon Palestinians everywhere to escalate actions supporting Allan and all Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

Allan, a lawyer from southern Nablus, has been held without trial or charge since November, and has been on hunger strike for at least 60 days in protest against his administrative detention.

On Friday Allan lost consciousness and he is currently connected to ventilators.

Israeli authorities previously said they would make use of a controversial new law to force feed Allan if his health became critical.
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