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Palestinian hunger striker suffers head injuries after fainting

April 21, 2016 11:04 P.M. (Updated: April 28, 2016 4:52 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority's Committee of Prisoners' Affairs said on Thursday that hunger striking prisoner Sami Janazreh suffered from a head wound after fainting while being transferred from Israel's Ktziot prison Wednesday to solitary confinement in Ela prison in Beersheba.

The committee said Janazreh's health has deteriorated severely during his 50-day hunger strike in protest of administrative detention -- internment without trial or charge. He now weighs 52 kilograms, suffers from arrhythmia, and low blood pressure.

Janazreh, 43, has suffered from several seizures and fainting spells over the past few days, which caused a deep cut in his head, according to the committee.

The Israeli authorities first detained Janazreh in 1991 and he has since been detained several times spending a total of seven years in Israeli jails.

Janazreh has four brothers and five sisters; three of his brothers were previously detained by Israeli forces; Mahmoud, Haitham and Bajes.

Meanwhile, the lawyer Tariq Bargouth told Ma'an an Israeli military court in Ofer prison had extended the remand of Majd Atwan's administrative detention for seven more days. 

Imprisoned Palestinian journalist Muhammad al-Qiq earlier this year ended a grueling 94-day hunger strike that brought him close to death after his lawyers struck an eleventh hour deal with Israeli authorities.

He initially went on hunger strike in November to protest the torture and ill-treatment he said he faced in Israeli custody, but his protest quickly developed into another bid to challenge Israel's use of administrative detention.

According to prisoners' rights organization Addameer, 700 Palestinians are currently held under administrative detention by Israel, a policy the international community has repeatedly said is used by Israel in contravention to international law.
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