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Hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner transferred to Negev jail

May 25, 2018 2:55 P.M. (Updated: May 26, 2018 5:15 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities transferred a hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner from solitary confinement in the Ashkelon jail to the Negev jail on Thursday morning.

The Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs said in a statement that the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) transferred Ibaa Omar al-Barghouthi, 40, a resident of the central occupied West Bank village of Kobar, in the Ramallah district.

Al-Barghouthi has been on a hunger strike against the renewal of his administrative detention. He has been held in administrative detention since August 2nd, 2017.

According to the committee, al-Barghouthi has stopped drinking water and refused taking any vitamins. He is also boycotting Israeli prison clinics and is refusing to take medical tests.

The committee added that al-Barghouthi’s health has deteriorated and” his body has become scrawny as he also suffers from severe exhaustion, muscle and bone pains, insomnia and severe bloody vomiting.”

Al-Barghouthi’s eyesight has also suffered, according to the committee.

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