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Islamic Jihad declares state of alert inside Israeli prisons

Aug. 14, 2015 3:06 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 14, 2015 5:31 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The leadership committee of Islamic Jihad-affiliated prisoners has declared a state of alert in all Israeli prisons and warned that their response will be serious if hunger striker Muhammad Allan dies, according to a statement released by the group on Friday.

Allan went into a coma on Friday, after entering the 60th day of his hunger strike to protest his detention without trial.

The committee said in the statement that it is outraged that Allan had been allowed to reach such a critical state and that the group's prisoner committee will dissolve itself if Allan dies.

Earlier on Friday the Islamic Jihad movement issued astatement that said the movement holds the state of Israel "fully responsible” for Allan’s life, and called for Palestinians to escalateactionsin support for Allan and all Palestinian prisoners.

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

However, Usama al-Saadi, a Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset, told Ma'an: "Allan might be a martyr in hours as his health condition is very critical."

Although two Palestinian hunger strikers died while being force-fed in the 1980s,Allan would be the first hunger striker to die directly from a hunger strike while being detained by Israel.

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