Hunger strike: Palestinian's life in danger

2012-04-10 20:24

Jerusalem - A Palestinian man detained by Israel and on hunger strike for 41 days is in danger after beginning to refuse liquids, a rights group said on Tuesday, demanding he be transferred to a civilian hospital.

Tel Aviv-based Physicians for Human Rights-Israel said the condition of Bilal Diab, who has refused food since March 1, was "very worrisome", particularly after he began refusing liquids on Sunday.

Following a court petition, a physician for the organisation was permitted on Monday to visit Diab, a 27-year-old from an area near Jenin, in the northern West Bank.

The group was also able to visit Thaer Halahla, a 34-year-old from Hebron, who has also been on hunger strike since March 1,  but is still accepting fluids. Both men are hospitalised in a prison facility near Tel Aviv, the group said.

A PHR doctor said Halahla's condition was "in accordance with a long hunger strike, yet stable", but warned of a deterioration in his health if he continued the protest.

The group said Diab had told the PHR doctor he would reconsider refusing fluids if he were moved to a civilian hospital.

The group urged Israel to make such a transfer immediately, and to enable independent physicians to regularly examine detainees on hunger strikes without the presence of a prison doctor, and with family members in attendance.

Israel Prison Service spokesperson Sivan Weizman told AFP "detainees on hunger strikes are receiving care and are under the necessary medical supervision".

PHR said Halahla has been in detention since June 2010, and Diab since August 2011. The men are allegedly associated with Islamic Jihad, but they have not been prosecuted.
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