[Pnews] Palestine - On eve of Ramadan, some hunger strikers announce plans to fast during holy month

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Fri May 26 11:55:26 EDT 2017

  On eve of Ramadan, some hunger strikers announce plans to fast during
  holy month

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 
medical tests.
He added that prisoners who were transferred to the Meir Hospital in 
central Israel complained of inhumane and mistreatment by the hospital 
and doctors.

“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 
the movement.

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 
rights. <http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=776379>

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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