[Pnews] Palestine - On eve of Ramadan, some hunger strikers announce plans to fast during holy month
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On eve of Ramadan, some hunger strikers announce plans to fast during
May 26, 2017 - http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=777324
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- As 1,300 Palestinian prisoners entered their 40th
day of mass hunger strike on Friday -- the eve of the Muslim holy month
of Ramadan -- some hunger strikers are planning on participating in the
holy ritual of fasting daily from dawn to sundown, despite the rapidly
deteriorating health conditions of hundreds of prisoners.
One of the hunger strike leaders in Hadarim prison, Nasser Abu Srour
said on Friday that hunger-striking prisoners in the prison -- who, like
all hunger strikers, have been consuming only a mixture of salt and
water since April 17 -- will not consume any water from dawn until
sundown during Ramadan, which begins Friday evening.
Abu Srour said that the health conditions of prisoners were
deteriorating day by day, and that all hunger-striking prisoners in
Hadarim had been taken to Israeli hospitals over the past week for
He added that prisoners who were transferred to the Meir Hospital in
central Israel complained of inhumane and mistreatment by the hospital
“Despite these bad conditions, prisoners have high spirits and will
continue the strike until their demands are achieved, or until
martyrdom,” Abu Srour said.
Meanwhile, head of the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa
Qaraqe said in a statement on Friday that the health condition of
imprisoned Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) leader
Ahmad Saadat, and prisoners Ahed Ghalmeh and Muhammad al-Qiq have
seriously deteriorated, with all three vomiting blood.
The three are being held in Israel’s Ohalei Kedar prison, where the
media committee of the hunger strike has quoted prisoners as saying the
conditions in which the hunger strikers were being held were
increasingly unhygienic, in an effort to break their will to go on with
A hunger-striking prisoner told the committee on Wednesday
<http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=777270>that prisoners had been
given worn out and dirty covers, that their cells were infected with
bugs, and that hunger strikers who had been transferred to Ohalei Kedar
after May 16 had not been allowed to change clothes or underwear.
In Friday’s statement, Qaraqe said that the prisoners had raised their
initial demands to being acknowledged as prisoners of war, and to be
transferred to prisons inside occupied Palestinian territory, as Israel
has continued to refuse responding to their list of demands for basic
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) released a statement
Thursday, saying “from a medical perspective we are entering a critical
phase,” and that “we are concerned about potentially irreversible health
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