Abdullah Barghouthi is now suffering from atrophy of the liver as a result of his inability to burn body fat, reported Palestinian lawyer Hanan al-Khatib. Barghouti, and four other Palestinian prisoners holding Jordanian citizenship, Mohammad Rimawi, Muneer Mar’i, Alaa Hammad and Hamza Othman al-Dabbas, have been on hunger strike for 77 days.
Barghouthi is being held in Afula hospital, while the other four strikers are now being held in a psychiatric ward at Ramleh prison clinic. He has suffered inflammation of the heart and liver over the past week and has fainted on several occasions. Khatib said that a prison medical committee is threatening to force feed Barghouthi.