Jerusalem � Prisoner Marwan Barghouti, leader of the mass hunger strike in Israeli jails, has suffered from serious health deterioration, the Media Committee of the Freedom and Dignity hunger strike said on Monday.
Barghouti, who is a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council and a senior member of Fatah Central Committee, along with about 1,500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails continued their open hunger strike on the eighth consecutive day on Monday.
The committee that emerged from the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs and the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club reported that the deteriorating health of Barghouti necessitated the intervention of Al Jalameh prison director who asked him to take immediate treatment. But Barghouti categorically refused taking medicine. The prison director also asked the hunger-striking prisoner, Nasser Abu Hamid, to convince Barghouti to receive treatment, but Abu Hamid refused to do so. Subsequently, the prison administration transferred Abu Hamid from Al Jalameh to Ishel prison in occupied Beersheba.
It is noteworthy that Israel’s prison administration continues to prevent lawyers from visiting Palestinian prisoners, who have mounted mass hunger strike since April 17. The human rights organizations and the strikers’ media committee stated that it was very difficult to access information from inside the prisons.
Source: International Islamic News Agency