[Ppnews] Situation of Long-Term Palestinian Hunger Strikers Becomes Increasingly Urgent

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Fri May 11 15:38:25 EDT 2012

Update: Situation of Long-Term Hunger Strikers Becomes Increasingly Urgent

Ramallah, 10 May 2012

Addameer lawyer Mona Neddaf visited four hunger strikers in Ramleh 
prison medical clinic today, including Thaer Halahleh, now on his 
73rd day of hunger strike.

According to Ms. Neddaf, Thaer's condition continues to deteriorate. 
The prison doctor has said to Thaer that he could die at any 
moment.  Thaer has lost significant weight, and now weighs 55 kg. He 
has exceedingly low blood pressure and his temperature is fluctuating 
at dangerous levels. In addition to vomiting blood, Thaer is also 
bleeding from his gums and lips. The prison doctor also told him that 
he now has an infection in part of his body. Thaer is drinking water, 
but not taking any vitamins or minerals. Though he is very weak, Ms. 
Neddaf reported that mentally he is still strong. Thaer was supposed 
to receive a visit from his family today, but the Israeli Prison 
Service (IPS) cancelled the visit yesterday.

The health of Mohammad Taj, now on his 54th day of hunger strike, is 
also at a dangerous level. In addition, Jaafar Azzedine, on his 50th 
day of hunger strike, reported that he had stopped drinking water for 
a short period but has started to drink again, with minerals and 
vitamins. Nidal Shehadeh, who began his hunger strike on 17 April as 
part of the mass hunger strike, was moved back from a public hospital 
to Ramleh prison two days prior. He is on hunger strike in protest of 
receiving inadequate medical treatment while in prison.

Ms. Neddaf noted that all the prisoners on hunger strike in Ramleh 
prison are in isolated rooms. She further reported that they continue 
to be threatened by the IPS. Even at this stage of hunger strike, 
they have been told that if they do not stand for the "daily count", 
they will not be permitted lawyer visits.

Addameer fears for the lives of Thaer, Bilal Diab, also on his 73rd 
day of hunger strike, Hassan Safadi, who is now on his 67th day of 
hunger strike, Omar Abu Shalal, who is now on his 65th day of hunger 
strike, and all the other prisoners on hunger strike whose critical 
conditions are being blatantly disregarded by Israel and the prison 
authorities. Addameer reiterates its call for immediate action on 
behalf of the hunger strikers.

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