[Pnews] Palestinian Political Prisoner Allan Falls into Coma on 60th Day of Hunger Strike

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Fri Aug 14 11:22:12 EDT 2015

  Allan Falls into Coma on 60th Day of Hunger Strike

author Friday August 14, 2015 18:14author by IMEMC News & Agencies

    Palestinian prisoner Muhammad Allan, who has been on hunger strike
    for two months, lost consciousness Friday morning, the Palestinian
    Prisoner's Society (PPS) said.

PPS said that Allan's health had dangerously deteriorated overnight, and 
that the hunger striker entered a coma after severe shivering.

The Barzilai Medical Center said that Allan's condition had stabilized 
and he was connected to ventilators to assist his breathing.

The International Committee of the Red Cross was informed of 
developments and sent a doctor to visit Allan, who is currently being 
given fluids and sodium intravenously.

A spokesman for the Israel Prisons Service said he was not aware of such 
developments. Israeli authorities previously said they would make use of 
a controversial new law to force feed Allan if his health became critical.

However, Usama al-Saadi, a Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset, 
told Ma'an News Agency: "Allan might be a martyr in hours as his health 
condition is very critical."

Shortly after the announcement, the Israeli Prison Service declared a 
state of alert across Israeli jails, closing all sections and preventing 

Issa Qaraqe, the head of the Palestinian Authority Prisoners' Committee, 
said that the Israeli Prison Service had imposed a complete curfew in 
Israel's Ramon, Nafha, Negev and Eshel jails.

Allan, a lawyer from southern Nablus, has been held without trial or 
charge since November. According to his lawyer, Allan has been on hunger 
strike at least 60 days in protest against his administrative detention.

On Thursday, his father, Nasser al-Din Allan, said that Israel was 
waiting for his son to enter a coma before force feeding him.

The Israeli Knesset 
last month approved a law allowing prisoners on hunger strike to be 
force fed if their condition becomes life-threatening, sparking outcry 
from rights groups and medical experts. A week after the law was passed, 
Israeli authorities announced that Allan may be force-fed if his health 
continued to deteriorate to the point in which his life was in danger.

The Israeli Medical Association called the law "damaging and 
unnecessary," stressing that its doctors would "continue to act 
according to medical ethics, which prohibit doctors from participating 
in torturing prisoners."
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