ICRC warns of irreversible damage to hunger strikers’ health

Irreversible damage

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Thursday called on all concerned parties and authorities to find a solution that would avoid any loss of life or irreversible damage to the Palestinian hunger strikers’ health.

“ICRC doctors have been visiting all the detainees on hunger strike and closely monitoring their situation,” Gabriel Salazar, head of ICRC’s health department in Israel and the occupied territories, said in a statement published on the committee’s website.

“Six weeks into the hunger strike, we are concerned about potentially irreversible health consequences. From a medical perspective, we are entering a critical phase,” Salazar added.

“As a neutral humanitarian institution,” the ICRC says “it neither supports nor advocates against the hunger strike. It does, however, work to ensure that the detainees’ dignity and physical integrity are respected at all times. It is in that spirit that the ICRC has increased the numbers of its staff visiting detainees on hunger strike, including doctors, and stepped up its confidential dialogue with the detaining authorities.”

The ICRC also says it “is in regular contact with the relatives of detainees on hunger strike and is a direct witness of their anxiety, which continues to mount in the absence of family visits.”

(Source / 26.05.2017)

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