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Palestinian hunger-striking prisoner moved to hospital over deteriorating health

May 16, 2016 9:46 P.M. (Updated: May 17, 2016 9:55 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian prisoner was transferred to the hospital on Monday over his severely deteriorating health following 44 days on hunger strike to protest his administrative detention -- internment without trial or charges.

The Palestinian Prisoner's Society said that Adib Mafarja was moved from the Eshel prison in southern Israel to the Soroka hospital in Beersheba, following a visit by a lawyer from the Palestinian organization.

The lawyer reported that Mafarja had already lost 30 kilograms because of his hunger strike.

According to Palestinian solidarity group Samidoun, Mafarja is from the village of Beit Laqiya, northwest of Ramallah in the central occupied West Bank.

Mafarja 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.

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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