Imprisoned cancer patient re-declares hunger strike after being swindled

[ 29/06/2011 – 08:10 PM ]

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)–  Atef Wureidat, a Palestinian cancer patient held in Israeli custody, has announced he will again go on hunger strike after being tricked by the Israeli prison administration, the Palestinian Prisoner Society said Wednesday.

“Imprisoned cancer patient Atef Wureidat announced his hunger strike once again on Wednesday after the prison administration denied his demands which they promised to fulfill if he broke the strike and took his medicine,” said the PPS, which operates in Al-Khalil in the southern West Bank.

“The prison administration tricked him and didn’t fulfill its promises after he had gone on strike for 18 days in exchange for being transferred from the Ashkelon prison to another prison,” the PPS said, adding that prisoners Maysara Abu Hamdiyya and Yousef al-Sukafi have gone on strike as well in support of Wureidat.

Atef Wureidat, 40, from Al-Dhahiriyya south of Al-Khalil, who was served a sentence of 11 years in prison, suspended the strike two days ago. The strike was to protest the prison’s policy of medical neglect and his transfer to the Ashkelon prison, a move that would be adverse to his health condition.

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