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Palestinian Hero on hunger strike close to death, his lawyer says

27 June 2015 18:46


Lawyer of Palestinian inmate Khader Adnan, who has been on a long hunger strike in protest at the conditions of his imprisonment, has warned that the prisoner could die “any moment.”

“Khader Adnan may suddenly die at any moment, doctors have confirmed to me,” said Jawad Boulos, legal counsel for the Ramallah-based Prisoners Club, on Saturday.

He issued the warning after “the doctors at the Israeli hospital, where Khadar Adnan is currently held,” called him and said they were “on alert due to the deterioration of his condition.”

Boulos added that he visited Adnan on Saturday morning and found him “in a more critical condition, incapable of moving.” The Palestinian prisoner has been refusing food for 53 days.

Israel Prisons Service spokeswoman Sivan Weizman, meanwhile, said Adnan has been transferred to a hospital near Tel Aviv, but refrained from commenting on his medical condition.

The 36-year-old Palestinian prisoner and father of six was abducted in July 2014 as part of an Israeli arrest campaign across the occupied West Bank and has since been held under the so-called administrative detention.

Administrative detention is a sort of imprisonment without trial or charge that allows the Tel Aviv regime to incarcerate Palestinians for up to six months. The detention order can be renewed for indefinite periods of time.

In 2012, Adnan went on a 66-day hunger strike against his detention without trial or charge. He was freed in April of that year in a deal that also ended the hunger strike of 2,000 other Palestinian prisoners who wanted an end to their administrative detention.

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Center for Studies says administrative detention orders in the first three months of 2015 have witnessed a sharp increase in comparison with the same period in 2014.

On June 24, the Arab League condemned acts of torture and ill-treatment of Palestinian prisoners at Israeli jails, calling for the release of all inmates who have been held without charge.

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