Contaminated water ails striking prisoners in Beersheba; additional 50 joining open strike

272245_345x230All striking prisoners in Beersheba prison were transferred from isolation to Soroka hospital after they developed an intestinal infection from the consumption of contaminated water, reported the Palestine Prisoners Center for Studies.

The contaminated water was provided by the prison administration. Amina Tawil of the Center noted that physicians at the hospital had informed the prisoners that contaminated water was the source of the illness and stated that they should consume only mineral water. The prison administration has thus far refused to provide mineral water, in an attempt to break the prisoners’ strike.

Instead, they have been given water in which two tablespoons of salt is dissolved, the contamination of which led to the illness. The strikers are continuing in their strike and have each lost over 20 kilograms of weight.

50 Palestinian prisoners held in Nafha Israeli prison, Mitzepe Ramon, will join an open-ended hunger strike on Sunday in support of the hunger striking administrative detainees, who also threatened to escalate their hunger strike and stop drinking water, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club (PPC), reported the International Middle East Media Center.

WAFA reports that the PPC said 50 prisoners will join the open-ended hunger strike in solidarity with the administrative detainees, who have been on an open-ended hunger strike for 29 consecutive days protesting their detention without charge or trial.