Striking prisoners enter day 39, dozens moved to the hospital

Hunger-striking prisoners to Meir hospital

About 1,600 Palestinian prisoners are still on hunger strike for the 39th day running. Many of them were moved to hospitals after deterioration of their health conditions.

Israeli Prison Service (IPS) has been ignoring their primary demands including more frequent and lengthy family visits, better incarceration conditions such as improved medical care, access to telephones and an end to solitary confinement and administrative detention without charge or trial.

The IPS transferred Wednesday night the hunger striking detainee Samer al-Issawi to Tel Hashomer Hospital after his health condition worsened. 60 Others were transferred to other hospitals, according to the media committee of the hunger strike. 20 striking prisoners were also moved from Hadarim jail to Meir Hospital and 40 others from Ohli Kedar prison to different hospitals.

Prisoner Marwan al-Barghouti was also previously transferred along with 120 striking captives to hospitals due to health deterioration.

Lawyer Hanan al-Khatib who visited the hunger strikers in Hadarim jail said that the IPS imposes a news blackout. The striking captives intend to pursue escalated moves in the few coming days such as refraining from drinking water and undergoing medical tests, she revealed.

The striking detainees are suffering from difficulty in movement, sharp weight loss, frequent fainting, bleeding and pain in the joints. Some of the hunger strikers are sick captives, the lawyer pointed out.

They also complain of insects and bugs inside the isolation cells as well as shortage of clothes and blankets since the IPS confiscated their personal belongings on day one of the hunger strike. Since day 16, they have been wearing the same underwear, the committee highlighted.

(Source / 25.05.2017)

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