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Alarm sounded as al-Qeiq enters 60th day of hunger strike

24-1-2016 9:11 AM
RAMALLAH, (PIC)-- Human rights groups and activists have raised alarm bells over the sharp exacerbation rocking the body of the detained Palestinian journalist Muhammad al-Qeiq, after his hunger strike in Israeli jails has entered its 60th day.

A lawyer from the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said, following a visit he paid to the hunger-striker at the Afula hospital, that his health has entered a critical stage.

PPS spokeswoman, Amani Sarahna, told the Agence France Presse (AFP): “Al-Qeiq’s health condition is extremely critical. He has been diagnosed with excruciating pains, greening limbs and severe eye pains.”

She added that the detainee has only been drinking water and has gone through frequent blackouts.

Journalist Mohamed al-Qeiq has been on hunger strike since November 25, 2015 in protest at being sentenced administratively, with neither charge nor trial, for six months.

He was kidnapped from his family home in Ramallah on November 21, 2015 and had been subjected to exhausting investigation and torture rounds, which made him declare an open-ended hunger strike a few days later.

The Ad-Dameer institution spoke out against the harsh torture to which al-Qeiq was subjected to in Israeli occupation jails.

According to the PPS, three other detainees have been starving in Israeli jails, including a Jordanian citizen.
24-1-2016 9:11 AM
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