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Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike transferred to hospital

Feb. 4, 2016 12:34 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 5, 2016 12:31 P.M.)
A handcuffed Palestinian prisoner appears from behind the bars of a prison bus. (AFP/Tal Cohen, File)
NABLUS (Ma’an) -- A Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike was transferred Wednesday by the Israeli Prison Service from solitary confinement to HaEmek Hospital due to his deteriorating health condition.

The Palestinian Center for Studies said Kayed Fawzi Yousef Abu al-Reesh, 46, was moved from Megiddo prison on his twentieth day on hunger strike.

Spokesperson of the center, Amina al-Taweel, told Ma’an that Abu al-Reesh began an open hunger strike on Jan. 14 in protest of his administrative detention without trial.

She added that Abu al-Reesh had previously suffered from severe headache and dizziness for several years prior, as well as back pain from gunshot wounds received to the back and foot during the First Intifada.

Al-Taweel said the hunger striker was detained from his house in al-Ein refugee camp in Nablus on Jan. 13.

The Israeli authorities reportedly promised not to renew Abu al-Reesh’s detention following his strike, but have yet to follow through.

The transfer of Abu al-Reesh to the hospital came as Palestinian journalist Muhammad al-Qiq entered day 71 on hunger strike against his administrative detention.

Al-Qiq’s strike has brought him near death. Israeli doctors forced treatment last month on the detainee, bringing international criticism towards Israel’s use of administrative detention as well as ill-treatment of Palestinian detainees.
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