#PalHunger | Palestinian hunger strikers Samer Al-Barq, Hassan Safadi and Ayman Sharawna near death: NGOs

Three Palestinian hunger strikers being held in Israeli prison have become too weak to stand on their own and may soon die, according to a coalition of rights groups citing medics.

The prisoners, Samer Al-Barq, Hassan Safadi and Ayman Sharawna have been refusing food to protest their administrative detention in Israeli prison. They have been 105, 75 and 65 days without food, respectively.

According to a statement released by the coalition comprised of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Al-Haq and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, at least two of the prisoners, Al-Barq and Hassan, “are at immediate risk of death.”

“Nonetheless, Israel not only insists on the injustice of depriving them of their right to fair trial, but also continues to severely mistreat them, in the forms of physical brutality and psychological torture that is employed by the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) to get them to break their strikes,” the statement reads.

Fares Ziad, a lawyer hired by the coalition, recently visited the prisoners to check on their conditions.

He reported that Safadi is unable to sleep and falls unconscious two-three times each day, that doctors found fluid in his lungs, and that he has developed liver and kidney problems including kidney stones, in addition to suffering from other symptoms.

“While in the hospital, Hassan was shackled by all four limbs to the hospital bed. He noted that four soldiers were in his room at all times and that they made as much noise as possible and ate and drank in the room. When he asked them to be quieter, they simply mocked him,” the statement read.

Sharawna reportedly suffers from dangerously low immunity levels, cirrhosis in his liver and chronic joint and back pain. The pain has become so severe that he has been unable to stand since mid-August.

Sharawna told the lawyer that he is shackled by three limbs to the hospital bed during each hospital stay, and that he is denied access to an independent doctor. He is also denied family visits.

When not in the hospital, the three prisoners remain held in solitary confinement in Ramleh prison.

Over 2,000 Palestinian prisoners ended a mass hunger strike in May after reaching a deal with Israel.

Israel’s draconian administrative detention allows for the imprisonment of Palestinians without charge or trial for renewable six month periods.

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have slammed the policy as a violation of international humanitarian law.

(Al-Akhbar)



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