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Palestinian hunger striker hospitalized
Administrative detainee Samer Issawi admitted to hospital after taking turn for the worse. Two other prisoners end hunger strike

Palestinian administrative detainee Samer Issawi, who is on an extended hunger strike, was hospitalized at Assaf Harofeh Medical Center Wednesday, after his condition took a turn for the worse.

 

Another prisoner, Ayman Sharawna, has been hospitalized at Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba since last week. Two other Palestinian administrative detainees have temporarily halted their hunger strike.

 

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Issawi, who was on hunger strike for some 200 days, is rumored in the Palestinian Authority of being in "very serious" condition. These rumors are likely to ignite the already tense atmosphere in the West Bank.

 

Earlier, Issawi's mother spoke at a press conference she held in the West Bank city of Ramallah and called upon the world to "set limits to the Israeli government's disrespect towards the lives of my son and the rest of the Palestinian prisoners."

 

Issawi, who was released as part of the Shalit deal, was was sentenced to eight months' imprisonment last week, for violating the terms of his release. He was supposed to be released at the beginning of March but the military proceedings of his case may end up keeping him behind bars for years to come.

 

In the past, Issawi was sentenced to 26 years terrorist activity. The terms of his release stipulate that he refrains from entering the West Bank. Last July, he violated these conditions.

 

Sharawna was also released as part of the Shalit deal but was imprisoned once more following claims that he resumed security activities in the ranks of Hamas.

 

On Friday, a protest will be held in the West Bank village of Bilin marking the eight-year anniversary of their struggle against the separation fence.

 

The demonstration's organizers noted that it will be dedicated to the four administrative detainees and in the memory of Arafat Jaradat, the Palestinian prisoner who died in the Megiddo prison last weekend.

 

Raanan Ben-Zur contributed to this report

 

 

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