Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Prisoners go on Hunger Strike in Support of Striking Mates

Palestine News & Info Agency - WAFA
RAMALLAH, September 18, 2012 (WAFA) – Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails Tuesday went on a one-day hunger strike in support of four prisoners who have been on hunger strike for more than two months, according to head of the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club (PPC) Qaddoura Faris.

Mohammad al-Barq has been on hunger strike for 118 days, Hassan Safadi for 88 days, Ayman Sharawneh for 80 days and Samir Issawi for 60 days. All four are protesting their administrative detention without charge or trial.

Faris said Barq and Safadi are both in critical condition; Barq was transferred to a hospital on Monday in a very critical condition while Safadi is still in the hospital bed also in a very difficult condition.

Head of the PPC said an Israeli court is supposed to hold a session on Wednesday to discuss Safadi’s case, expressing hope that the court will take a stand in favor of the striking prisoners.

Minister of Prisoners Issa Qaraqi has called to consider Tuesday a national day in support of prisoners following medical reports by Physicians for Human Rights and the Red Crescent which stressed the critical condition of the four prisoners.