Families of hunger strikers appeal for saving their sons from death

[ 02/01/2011 – 03:48 PM ]


WEST BANK, (PIC)– The families of five hunger strikers said their sons may die any moment after their health conditions reached a deadly level and appealed to all human rights organizations to intervene with the Palestinian authority (PA) to get their sons released from its jails.

The committee speaking on behalf of the families said in a statement on Sunday that the PA intelligence apparatus prevented the families of the hunger strikers from seeing their sons and cut off last Sunday all kinds of communications between them, affirming that three of them are in very critical health conditions and were admitted into hospitals in Bethlehem city.

The committee warned that the hunger strikers are closer to death than ever and may not live longer and held de facto president Mahmoud Abbas and his intelligence director Majed Faraj fully responsible for the death of any detainee.

It explained that the intelligence apparatus transferred hunger striker Muhannad Nairoukh and Majd Obeid and Wisam Al-Qawasmi on Friday to hospital, affirming that head of the PA intelligence Majed Faraj visited the hunger strikers and threatened to shoot them dead if they did not end their hunger strike.

The committee pointed out that the number of detainees in PA jails who go on hunger strike is on the rise.

In this regard, Hamas lawmaker in Bethlehem Anwar Zaboun told the Palestinian information center (PIC) that one of the hunger strikers called Muhannad Nairoukh clinically died and the PA intelligence refused to allow lawmakers from visiting the hunger strikers to check on their conditions.

Zaboun added that the health conditions of all hunger strikers is extremely serious, especially after they stopped last Thursday to drink fluids because the intelligence apparatuses backtracked on its promise to transfer them to Al-Khalil city as a prelude to releasing them.

The MP affirmed that he contacted the intelligence director in Bethlehem to demand the implementation of the verbal agreement that took place between the hunger strikers and intelligence officers, but the officer in charge tried to justify why they broke their promise and refused to allow any lawmaker to visit the hunger strikers claiming they are alright.

In a related incident, the Palestinian ministry of prisoners’ affairs and Wa’ed society for detainees established at noon Sunday a sit-in tent in solidarity with the hunger strikers and political prisoners in PA jails.

Hundreds of ex-detainees in Israeli jails and Palestinian officials are expected to participate in this event.

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Families of hunger strikers appeal for saving their sons from death.

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