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UN worried about health of hunger-striking Palestinian detainees

UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced concerns on Friday about the worsening health of Palestinian hunger strikers in Israeli detention and demanded that they either be formally charged or released immediately.

 

Several dozen Palestinians on hunger strike, protesting Israel's use of administrative detention to keep them behind bars, have been taken to hospital.

 

"The Secretary-General is concerned about reports regarding the deteriorating health of Palestinian administrative detainees who have been on hunger strike for over a month," UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters.

 

"He reiterates his long-standing position that administrative detainees should be charged or released without delay," he said. (Reuters)