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Call for the release of Palestinian prisoner on Israeli hunger strike

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Call for the release of Palestinian prisoner on Israeli hunger strike

A Palestinian who has been on a hunger strike for almost four months, protesting his detention by Israel without charge, is in danger of collapsing, his mother warned after demonstrating for his release, as did other Palestinian detainees. hunger strike.

Mikdad al-Qawasmi's weight has been reduced by almost half since July 21 when he stopped eating and started drinking only salt water, his family said.

Al-Qawasmi is on a hunger strike, as are five other Palestinian detainees in the West Bank, who have protested against an administrative detention under which Israeli authorities can detain Palestinians they consider suspects for up to 60 days without charge. this period can be extended without the need for a court order.

The UN and the EU have criticized this practice.

Al-Qawasmi, 24, can no longer speak and is in the worst condition of the six.

“His health is deteriorating due to the ongoing hunger strike, he is in great danger,” said Iman Kawasmi's mother last week from the intensive care unit of Kaplan Hospital in Rehovot, near Tel Aviv. save a human life? ”he wondered.

The 24-year-old Palestinian spent several weeks in hospital before being taken back to a clinic in Ramle prison.

Al-Qawasmi was arrested in January. An Israeli security official said he had been taken into custody “on the basis of information presented in court” about his activities with Hamas, the Islamist-Palestinian group that rules the Gaza Strip.

Palestinians have staged demonstrations in the West Bank in support of al-Qawashmi and five other hunger strikers.

“We call on the Palestinian Authority to mobilize its resources (…) to ensure international solidarity with the detainees,” said protester Omar Assaf during a rally in Ramallah on Tuesday.

About 500 Palestinians are being held in Israeli jails under administrative detention, according to Palestinian officials. Israel never makes this information public.

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Source: politis.com.cy

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