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Hunger-striking Palestinian Prisoner in Serious Condition

Hunger-striking Palestinian Prisoner in Serious Condition
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By Staff, Agencies 

The Palestinian Health Ministry cautioned that prisoner Hesham Abu Hawash's health is in a critical stage after almost five months of hunger strike in protest against “Israel's” policy of administrative detention.

The official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported on Friday that a Health Ministry delegation had visited Abu Hawash. “His health condition is seriously dangerous as he suffers blurry vision, significant muscular atrophy and inability to move and talk,” the delegation said.

Stressing that the worst is expected at any moment as he has entered the 138th consecutive day of his hunger strike, the Health Ministry said its delegation had obtained the medical examinations on the 40-year-old and that they showed a critical shortage of potassium salt and an increase in liver enzymes.

The Health Ministry also said it had reached out to international human rights organizations to demand that Abu Hawash be moved to a Palestinian hospital under these circumstances.

Abu Hawash is one among several other hunger-striking Palestinians who are demanding an end to the apartheid entity’s administrative detention policy. The official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported on Sunday that the “Israeli” occupation authorities had issued a decision to freeze the administrative detention order against Abu Hawash.

This comes as “Israeli” authorities decided to freeze the administrative detention order against Abu Hawwash, who has been on hunger strike for 132 consecutive days.

An attorney for the Palestinian Prisoners Society [PPS], Jawad Boulos, said the Palestinian inmate had decided to continue his hunger strike despite his deteriorating health condition until the order is canceled. The PPS said the freezing decision does not mean ending Abu Hawash's administrative detention in any way, but rather means that the “Israeli” Prison Service [IPS] and “Israel's” internal spy agency Shin Bet are no longer responsible for the hunger-striking prisoner's life and fate.

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