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Palestinian hunger-striker moved from solitary to hospital as health worsens

April 29, 2016 8:46 P.M. (Updated: April 30, 2016 5:28 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities have moved hunger striking Palestinian prisoner Sami Janazreh from solitary confinement to Soroka medical center in Beersheba after his health severely deteriorated, the Palestinian Prisoners' Society said Friday.

Janazreh, 43, has been on hunger strike for 58 days in protest of his administrative detention. He was initially detained on November 15.

The move marks the latest in a series of transfers Janazreh has endured during his detention. Israeli prison authorities typically move hunger-striking prisoners between prisons and place them in solitary confinement as a way of pressuring them to end their strike.

Janazreh’s health has continued to deteriorate since the end of March when he began suffering kidney, chest, and teeth pain, eventually having difficulty walking and experiencing permanent dizziness.

Last week, Janazreh began suffering from seizures and was taken to a hospital to treat a wound after he fainted and injured his head. Upon his release on Monday, he was transferred back into solitary confinement at Ela prison.

He is one of several Palestinian prisoners currently on hunger strike in an attempt to hold Israel accountable for its arbitrary arrest and detention of Palestinians.

According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, there are currently 700 Palestinians being held in administrative detention.

Israel’s policy of administrative detention allows for internment without charge or trial for six-month intervals that can be renewed indefinitely, and has been widely condemned by rights groups as representing a grave violation of human rights and contravening international law.

Palestinian journalist Muhammad al-Qiq earlier this year came close to death during a more than 90-day strike against his detention, during which Israeli medics were accused of forcing treatment on the prisoner.

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