Palestinian hunger strikers suffering medical crises, pledge to continue strike

hungerdignity (1)The four long-term hunger strikers protesting their administrative detention – Ayman al-Tabeesh, Adel Hareebat, Ayman Hamdan and Imad Batran, said on July 1 that they will not stop their hunger strike until their administrative detention orders are cancelled.

Palestinian lawyer Hanan al-Khatib reported that Adel Hareebat, who has been on hunger strike for 40 days, suffers from lung problems, high blood pressure and now uses a wheelchair to move. Hareebat began his strike on May 23, 2013; he is a former prisoner who was arrested 4 times and served a total of 9 years in prison. He is currently held without charge under administrative detention.

Ayman al-Tabeesh, who has also been on hunger strike for 40 days, is suffering from heart problems.

Both al-Tabeesh and Hareebat are currently held in the Ramle prison clinic.

Ayman Hamdan, who has been striking for 65 days, and Imad Batran, who has been striking for 56 days, are currently held at Assaf Soroka Hospital. They are denied any access to news or media. They have 6 guards with them inside their room and are handcuffed to their hospital beds by their right hands and left feet.